Lester Young  

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Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909March 15, 1959), nicknamed Prez, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist.

He is remembered as one of the finest, most influential players on his instrument, playing with a cool tone and sophisticated harmonies and not the robust honking sound of which the instrument is also capable. He also became a jazz legend, inventing or establishing much of the hipster ethos which came to be associated with the music.



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