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Lester Young in Minneapolis


Just wanted to share this great piece about probably my favorite jazz musician of all time, the great Lester Young:



This is such an interesting piece (especially for those who live in the Twin Cities). Lester Young spent many important and formative years in Minneapolis before joining up with the iconic Count Basie band and this is an illuminating and interesting article about his time there.


Thanks to the author and the MN Historical Society for making it publicly available!


If you read the part about Frankie Trumbauer being one of his inspirations, check this classic song from he and Bix Beiderbecke - it's the one referenced in the article that Young listened to and loved. Enjoy!


-P



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