Magic Lester

Lester Young
Page added Jan 27, 2016 Updated Feb 3, 2016

Saxophone legend Lester Young features on this episode with a selection of his recordings, originally released on the Aladdin record label.

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Some hard-to-find Lester Young cuts are showcased on Jazztrack, with work from his Aladdin Records years that have now been released by Blue Note.

We will also check out pianist Tommy Flanagan playing the music of Duke Ellington, saxophonist Bud Shank paying tribute to Bill Evans plus new Australian releases including one from vocalist Briana Cowlishaw with pianist Gavin Ahearn, titled Fjord.

Presented by Mal Stanley
Image: Getty Images
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Jan 30, 2016. 5:00pm - 6:50pm
Feb 2, 2016. 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Feb 2, 2016. 9:00pm - 10:50pm

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Artist Biography


Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 - March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist. Coming to prominence while a member of Count Basie's orchestra, Young was one of the most influential players on his instrument. In contrast to many of his hard-driving peers, Young played with a relaxed, cool tone and used sophisticated...

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On Feb 1, 2016. 8:12am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks Harry - tough one. We get some of our non-ABC pics off of Getty. That one was listed under Lester, but we've put a new one up just to be sure...

On Jan 28, 2016. 9:51am
Anonymous said

Hi Mal,

Just a thought re the photo on the Magic Lester web page. I might be wrong but the photo does look like the Bean - Coleman Hawkins. Keep up the good work.

Best regards

Harry Monty

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