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Lester Young (I) (1909–1959)

Lester Young was one of the most important saxophone players in jazz. He got a fine and soft tone with his horn, and it became very famous in the late 1930s. He played in the Count Basie orchestra and recorded with Basie his first recordings in 1936. He was a close friend of singer Billie Holiday and recorded many songs with her and Teddy Wilson ... See full bio »

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 2014 Le paradis (performer: "Stardust")
 2012 On the Road (performer: "A Sailboat In The Moonlight")
 2011 Aperture: A Triumph of Science (Short) ("Blues for Greasy")
 2008 Eli Stone (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Grace (2008) ... (performer: "That's All" - uncredited)
 2008 Somers Town (performer: "Barefootin' Time in China Town")
 2007 The War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 (2007) ... (writer: "Taxi War Dance")
 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Red, White and Blues (2003) ... (writer: "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid")
 2003 Anything Else (performer: "I Can't Get Started", "There Will Never Be Another You")
 2003 American Splendor (performer: "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (1930))
 2002 Livshunger (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (2002) ... (music: "TICKLE-TOE")
  Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 4 episodes, 1994) (writer - 3 episodes, 1994)
- A Whole New Ballgame (1994) ... (performer: "Pound Cake")
- The Capital of Baseball (1994) ... (performer: "Broadway") / (writer: "Broadway")
- The National Pastime (1994) ... (performer: "Rockabye Basie") / (writer: "Rockabye Basie")
- Shadow Ball (1994) ... (performer: "Song of the Islands") / (writer: "Taxi War Dance")
 1985 Kerouac, the Movie (Documentary) ("Blues For Norman")
 1980 Joe Albany... a Jazz Life (Documentary) (performer: "Lester Leaps In") / (writer: "Lester Leaps In")
 1980 Stardust Memories (music: "Tickletoe" (1940)) / (performer: "Tickletoe" (1940))
  Jazz Party (TV Series) (music - 1 episode, 1958) (performer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #1.20 (1958) ... (music: "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid") / (performer: "Mean to Me", "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid")
 1944 Jammin' the Blues (Short) (performer: "Midnight Symphony", "Jammin' the Blues" - uncredited) / (writer: "Midnight Symphony", "Jammin' the Blues" - uncredited)
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