Beside Coleman Hawkins (Song of the Week #52) another tenor saxophonist is regarded as one of the most influential saxophonist of the jazz era: Lester Wills Young (27.08.1909-25.03.1959), nicknamed “Prez” or “Pres” (from president) by Billie Holiday.
Lester Young came to prominence while a member of Count Basie's Orchestra. His characteristic light sound and elegant way of playing stood in complete contrast to Coleman Hawkins's more powerful approach of playing the instrument.
Blue Lester (also know as Lester's Blues) is a slow swinging song and especially suitable for beginner Lindy Hop dancers.
Title: Blue Lester
Artist: Lester Young
Tempo: 120 bpm
Dance: Lindy Hop
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