Playing tracks by
Count Basie & His Orchestra, Earle Warren Orchestra, Lester Young Band, Lester Young Quintet, Bix Beiderbecke and more.
Lester Young was arguably the most influential saxophonist of the twentieth century. In this instalment of Swingin' Dick's Radio Show, we explore his life and music, as well as the influence he had on the next generation of jazz musicians, the beat poets and American culture in general. Today, the household-name fame of Ellington or Armstrong may have evaded Lester Young, but his distinctive tenor style changed the way jazz music would evolve over the following decades, inspiring the younger players to develop new strains of the music, the bebop of the forties and the modern jazz of the fifties and beyond. Explore Lester Young's enduring legacy the Swingin' Dick's way. Press the Button.