Steve Allen - "The Jazz Story" - Side Five of the 1958 Coral Records Six LP Set - The Beat Continues With the Assistance of Swinging Titans Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Ventura, Erroll Garner and The King Cole Trio

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“Lester Young’s original style of saxophone playing combined the light sounds of Jimmy Dorsey with the alternative fingerings and effects to create a darker, bluesier tone. Hundreds of sax players have copied his style or mentioned him as a primary influence. His personality and style of dress were also part of his legend (his porkpie hat insired the Mingus elegiac composition “Goodbye Porkpie Hat”. In the 30s he played with Walter Page, Charlie Christian, Fletcher Henderson and Coleman Hawkins. In 1934 he played in Count Basie’s band for the first time. Lester was nick named Pres by Billie Holiday and later toured with Dizzy Gillespie. In 1944 he was drafted into the army and was court martialed for drug use in 1945.” - www.harlem.org

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