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Lester Young - Jazz At the Philharmonic: Carnegie Blues Vinyl LP Mono - direct audio

Lester Young - Jazz At the Philharmonic: Carnegie Blues Vinyl LP Mono

Verve Records

  • $ 1998


Lester Young Jazz At the Philharmonic: Carnegie Blues Vinyl LP Mono

Carnegie Hall Recordings On Vinyl LP!

Lester Young was born in Woodville, Mississippi, near New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up in a musical family. His father, Willis Handy Young, was a teacher and band leader, his brother, Lee Young, was a drummer, and several other relatives performed professionally.

While growing up in New Orleans, he worked from the age of five to make money for the family. He sold newspapers and shined shoes. By the time he was ten, he had learned the basics of trumpet, violin, and drums, and joined the Young Family Band touring with carnivals and playing in regional cities in the Southwest In his teens he and his father clashed, and he often left home for long periods.

Young 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. He became a member of the Bostonians, led by Art Bronson, and chose tenor saxophone over alto as his primary instrument. He made a habit of leaving, working, then going home. He left home permanently in 1932 when he became a member of the Blue Devils led by Walter Page.

Each of the pieces here were recorded at Carnegie Hall between May 1946 and October 1957. "Can't We Be Friends", the third part of the Medley on side B was recorded in stereo - all other tracks are mono.

Saxophonist Lester Young is joined by a host of jazz all-stars including Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis and more.

Lester Young Jazz At the Philharmonic: Carnegie Blues Track Listing:

1. Carnegie Blues
2. Tea For Two
3. Blues
4. I Got Rhythm
5. Lester's Blues
6. I Cover the Waterfront
7. Lester Gambols
8. Medley: a: Robbin's Nest /b: Polka Dots and Moonbeams /c: Can't We Be Friends


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