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Lester leaps in : the life and times of Lester "Pres" Young

Author: Douglas Henry Daniels
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"He was jazz's first hipster. He performed in sunglasses and coined and popularized phrases like "that's cool" and "you dig?" He always wore a suit and his trademark porkpie hat. He influenced everyone from B.B. King to Stan Getz to Allen Ginsberg, creating a lyrical style of playing that forever changed the sound of the tenor saxophone."
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Daniels, Douglas Henry.
Lester leaps in.
Boston : Beacon Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)606652246
Named Person: Lester Young; Lester Young; Lester Young; Lester Young
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas Henry Daniels
ISBN: 0807071021 9780807071021 0807071250 9780807071250
OCLC Number: 47081361
Description: 524 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Many Moons Ago --
The President of the Tenor Saxophone --
Shoeshine Boy: Way Down Yonder, 1909-1919 --
The Professor: The Louisiana Heritage --
Big Top Blues: On the Road, 1919-1926 --
Jump Lester Jump: Winter Homes, 1919-1929 --
The Spark in My Heart --
Red Boy Blues: The Territorial Years, 1929-1932 --
Blue Devil Blues: 1932-1933 --
Big Eyes Blues: In the Court of the King, 1933 --
No Eyes Blues: More Than Just Music, 1934-1936 --
Poundcake: The Holy Main, 1936-1940 --
Watts Eyes: Paying Dues, 1941-1943 --
D.B. Blues: Tribulation and Trial, 1943-1945 --
Up Here by Myself --
Sax-o-Be-Bop: Life at the Top --
Lester Blows Again: Critics' and Sidemen's Views --
Movin' with Lester: "Always Reaching ..." --
Up 'n' Adam: The Cult of the Cool --
The Legacy --
Good-bye Pork Pie Hat.
Responsibility: Douglas Henry Daniels.
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"He was jazz's first hipster. He performed in sunglasses and coined and popularized phrases like "that's cool" and "you dig?" He always wore a suit and his trademark porkpie hat. He influenced everyone from B.B. King to Stan Getz to Allen Ginsberg, creating a lyrical style of playing that forever changed the sound of the tenor saxophone."

"In this biography of Lester Young (1909-1959), historian Douglas Daniels brings to life the man and his world, and corrects a number of misconceptions. Even though others have identified Young as a Kansas city musician, Daniels traces his roots to the blues of Louisiana and his early years traveling with his father's band and the legendary Oklahoma City Blue Devils. Later we see the jazz culture of New York in the early 1940s, when Young was launched to national and international fame with the Count Basie Orchestra and began to accompany his close friend Billie Holiday. After a year spent in an Army prison on a conviction for marijuana use, Young made changes in his music but never lost his sensitivity or soul."--Jacket.

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