The saxophonist Lester Young died at the age of 49. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Influential jazz saxophonist called “The President” by Billie Holliday and who created the West Coast cool style.
He was born in Woodville, Mississippi and grew up near New Orleans, which influenced his style.
“In some ways Lester Young is the most complex rhythmically of any musician. He does some things which are just phenomenal.” (Lee Konitz)
“I think as long as people are around and can hear a record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording, there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz.” (Sonny Rollins)
“I grew up with all these old jazz guys in the ’70s in L.A., and they grew up idolizing Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Lester Young – all of these incredible musicians.” (Flea)
“I’ve been listening to jazzmen, especially saxophonists, since the time of the early Count Basie records, which featured Lester Young. Pres was my first real influence, but the first horn I got was an alto, not a tenor.” (John Coltrane)