Lester Young - Honoring the Legend

This site is dedicated to the memory of Lester Young, one of the world's greatest jazz stylists.

October 20. 2014

Wayne Shorter meets Lester Young.
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August 27. 2014

Lester Young & Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration.
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June 4. 2014

Prez and Lee Konitz

I often read and/or heard that Lee Konitz was deeply influenced by Prez. Sure I could hear the emphasis on melodic lines, but when I asked him about it, in a very Konitz way, he just replied that he listened to Prez among others. So, I was never sure about Prez's influence until we played for a week at the Jazz Standard (NY).

Each day of that week, we walked down the Jazz Standard stairs, Lee in front, and I observing in the back. There were lots of Jazz pictures, but he only stopped at the last one. That was Prez's picture and Lee said would make the same comment:  that's the man!!!  Now I know!!!

Denis Lee
(saxophone and bass clarinet, member of the Lee Konitz New Nonet)

May 2. 2014

New film:
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Lester Young-blog:
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March 24. 2014

Article in the New York Times:
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January 29. 2014

Last Lester Young Session - now on Vinyl:
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August 8. 2013

SENSATIONAL NEW PRES FROM 1950:
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May 14. 2013

Brandnew CD set "Dinnertime for Hungry Collectors"
- 50 years Doctor Jazz Magazine CD-set -
3 unissued performances with Lester Young
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May 5. 2013

Minnesota Historical Society
North Side Jazz: Lester "Pres" Young in Minneapolis: The Formative Years.
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January 21. 2013

New Release: Lester Young at Birdland 1951 CCD79560
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October 10. 2012

New Savory: Jumping At the Woodside/Basie Orch. & Lester Young 1939.
Check this link: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2010/aug/24/savory-recordings/

June 22. 2012

New: Photos of Lester Young.
Please visit
http://blogs.voanews.com/jazz-beat/tag/pork-pie-hat/

and

http://www.philsternarchives.com/archive/jazz/artists/lester-young/

March 9. 2012

New photos Basie and Lester Young 1944. Check this link:
newarkwww.rutgers.edu/ijs/cb/columbia.htm

March 9. 2012

New Link:
dothemath.typepad.com/dtm/2-oh-lady.html

February 2. 2012

New information about Lester Young:
dothemath.typepad.com/dtm/2-oh-lady.html

January 6. 2012

New songclip:
Lester Young - Southland Café, Boston.
Check this link

November 22. 2011

NormanGranz

New book:

Tad Hershorn:

Norman Granz
- The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice -

Foreword by Oscar Peterson

New important book with many new details about Lester Young.
Found at NORBERT RUECKER www.jazz-book.com

 

May 18. 2011

Looking for Lester. A journal about the process of making a documentary film about the jazz legend. See more, follow this link

May 18. 2011

Lowell Blues - 30 min documentary
Check this link

January 19. 2011

Brand new photo from Frankfurt, Germany 1956.
Courtesy: Matts Werner, Sweden

January 7. 2011

An amazing live clip of Lester with the Basie band at the 17th Regiment Armory in Brooklyn, April 16., 1944: check this link

And, the wonderful "Mean to me" from Art Ford´s jazz party.

November 15. 2010

Released on november 4: The Jazz aux Champs-Élysées CD.
Highlights from a cult French radio programme featuring previously unreleased recordings by legendary jazz musicians. Follow this link for more information

September 9. 2010

Check out this link to newsweek for some audio exclusives - Especially video 2: Count Basie's playing "Bugle Call Rag". Enjoy

August 18. 2010

The Savory Collection” consists of 975 discs with recordings of live performances broadcast by radio stations in the late 1930s, the height of the swing era, and into 1940. Recorded by audio engineer William Savory, the discs feature Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Bunny Berigan and Lester Young, playing in the relaxed setting of a nightclub or ballroom, rather than the confines of a recording studio, where songs could not exceed three minutes in length. For that reason, and the quality of the music played, Loren Schoenberg, the executive director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, describes the Savory collection as “one of the greatest finds” in the history of jazz.

Below here you will find a sample of Lester Young - Tea for Two, which was recorded alongside with trumpeter Roy Eldridge and members of the Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw bands. The sudden and unexpected key changes in "Tea for Two" have always appealed to jazz musicians, and the top-flight ensemble assembled here really takes the song for a ride. Top honors go to Young's, free flowing solo, which is capped by a second chorus that Mr. Schoenberg calls "a wild, spontaneous moment of abandon".

Follow the below here to NYtimes articles on more about the greats of Jazz

Jazz lost and found

National Jazz Museum acquires Savory Collection

 

Tea for Two

Jazz Museum Sample

June 9. 2010

Storyville recently released a new album with new exclusive material - you can find it here.

September 9., 2009

thebadplus.typepad.com/dothemath/2009/08/lester-young-centennial.html
"DO THE MATH" – Lester Young Centennial

New weblinks:

Here are some other Lester web links for you:

http://www.wbgo.org/LESTERYOUNG/
They will add audio to the above site within a week, they say.

http://www.jazz.com/jazz-blog/2009/8/22/why-lester-young-matters

"Why Lester Young Matters – jazz.com"

August 20. 2009

Read Will Friedwald's tribute to Lester Young:
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204683204574356562790622616.html

August 17. 2009

The well-known Kansas City Six session with Lester Young made for the Commodore label is listed everywhere as recorded on September 27, 1938. It was made by Columbia for Commodore, and Columbia master numbers were assigned to those titles (P23421-25).

Strangely enough, those numbers seem to come from an earlier date: Masters 23415/18 (Leighton Noble Orchestra) are from September 7. 23419/20 are not known and 23428/33 (Al Donahue) are from September 9. Futher, 23426 (presumably not issued) was listed in Columbia cards as made for Commodore on September 8 (details unknown). (23427 was assigned to a remastering of a Rev. Gates 1929 recording).

From the above, I incline to think that the actual date of Kansas Citi Six session might have been held on September 7 og 8.

Michel Ruppli

Later: According to Rust the date is September 8.

August 4. 2009 - Lester Young Celebration-e-card

The new Lester Young celebration e-card added. Make sure to send them to your jazz-loving friends.

July 29. 2009 - New Lester Young YouTube clips added!

New Lester Young YouTube clips added to the Film and Movies page. Click here to check them out. Enjoy! External seo links: Teamoptimering, Webshop Esbjerg.