Nickname “red” for his reddish hair, the green eyed American saxophonist, Lester Young, remains one of the most influential jazz artists of all time. Unlike his hard driving contemporaries, Young was the quintessential nonconformist who used “a free-floating, cool tone, wheeling and diving like a gull, banking with low, funky riffs that pleased dancers and listeners alike” (DeVeaux, Scott, 2011). The timeless jazz artist created hipster jargon which became embedded in jazz language from then on.

DeVeaux, Scott (2011). Jazz ‘Essential Listening’. Matrix Publishing Services. ISBN 978-0-393-93563-9.


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