Knowledge Identifier: +Lester_Young
He left the family band in 1927 at the age of 18 because he refused to tour in the Southern United States, where Jim Crow laws were in effect and racial segregation was required in public facilities.
Jazz - Kansas City Jazz in the 1930s as exemplified by tenor saxophonist Lester Young marked the transition from big bands to the bebop influence of the 1940s
Billie Holiday - Another frequent accompanist was the tenor saxophonist Lester Young, who had been a boarder at her mother's house in 1934 and with whom Holiday had a special rapport.
During this period Young accompanied the singer Billie Holiday in a couple of studio sessions in 1940 and 1941 and made a small set of recordings with Nat "King" Cole in June 1942.
Don Byron recorded the album Ivey-Divey in gratitude for what he learned from studying Lester Young's work, modeled after a 1946 trio date with Buddy Rich and Nat King Cole.
Junior Mance - He joined Lester Young in 1949 for almost two years, and rejoined Ammons several months in 1951 before being drafted into the U. S. Army
Greenwich Village - Notable performers there included among others: Pearl Bailey, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Burl Ives, Lead Belly, Anita O'Day, Charlie Parker, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Paul Robeson, Kay Starr, Art Tatum, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Josh White, Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, and The Weavers, who in Christmas 1949, played at the Village Vanguard
A comparison of his studio recordings from 1952, such as the session with pianist Oscar Peterson, and those from 19531954 demonstrates a declining command of his instrument and sense of timing, possibly due to both mental and physical factors.
Lester Young in Washington, D.C., 1956, with house-band the Bill Potts Trio.
Dave Pell - In the 1970s he assembled the group Prez Conference, a Lester Young tribute ensemble