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Birth Name: Lester Willis Young
Born: 1909/08/27
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died: 1959/03/15
Years Active: 1933–1959
Genres: Jazz

Lester Willis Young was born on August 27, 1909 in Woodville, Mississippi and was a jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. In addition, Young was also an accomplished trumpet and violin player, and could play the drums. Young came into prominence as a member of the Count Basie's orchestra and was known for his sophisticated harmonies, free-floating style, and funky riffs, which became an instant hit with his audiences. Young was born into a musical family, and grew up in the rich, and diverse, musical culture of New Orleans. His father, Willis Handy Young, taught his son to play the trumpet, violin, drums, and saxophone; his brother was a drummer, and many of his cousins and uncles were pro... Continue Bio >>

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