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Coleman Hawkins - 100% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Television World Music
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Coleman Randolph Hawkins, 21 November 1904, St. Joseph, Missouri, USA, d. 19 May 1969, New York City, New York, USA. Coleman Hawkins (aka ‘Bean’ and ‘Hawk’) is a colossus of the tenor saxophone, and hence of jazz. He was the first to use the instrument as a serious means of expression and continued to be open to new developments for 40 years. Starting pia Read more

Ben Webster - 87% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Drama Vocals Jazz Kids & Family Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Television
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Benjamin Francis Webster, 27 March 1909, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 20 September 1973, Amsterdam, Netherlands. After studying violin and piano, and beginning his professional career on the latter instrument, Webster took up the tenor saxophone around 1930. He quickly became adept on this instrument; within a year he was playing with Bennie Moten and later worked with And Read more

Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon - 83% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Television Music Videos & Concerts Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal
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27 February 1923, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 25 April 1990, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Gordon began his musical career studying clarinet; by his mid-teens he had switched to tenor saxophone, on which instrument he played with Lionel Hampton in 1940. He stayed with Hampton for a little over two years, recording with the band and gaining in stature so that no less Read more

Gerry Mulligan - 63% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Television Music & Radio Easy Listening
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Gerald Joseph Mulligan, 6 April 1927, New York City, New York, USA, d. 19 January 1996, Darien, Connecticut, USA. Raised in Philadelphia, Mulligan started out on piano before concentrating on arranging. He also took up the saxophone, first the alto and a few years later the baritone. Among the name bands that used his arrangements were those led by Gene Krupa and Claude Thor Read more

Cole Porter - 62% match to Lester Young

Genres: Musicals & The Arts Jazz Vocals Soundtracks Drama Easy Listening Pop / Rock
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9 June 1891, Peru, Indiana, USA, d. 15 October 1964, Santa Monica, California, USA. One of the outstanding composers and lyricists of the twentieth century, Porter was born into a rich family, and studied music from an early age. In his teens he excelled in many academic subjects, and wrote songs and played the piano for his own amusement - activities he later pursued at Yal Read more

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington - 62% match to Lester Young

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Pop / Rock Drama Vocals Soundtracks Music & Radio Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal Comedy Big Band & Swing Vocals Action & Adventure Blues Blues Dance Documentaries R&B / Soul Television Musicals & The Arts Mystery / Thriller
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Edward Kennedy Ellington, 29 April 1899, Washington, DC, USA, d. 24 May 1974, New York City, New York, USA. Ellington began playing piano as a child but, despite some local success, took up a career as a sign-painter. In his teens he continued to play piano, studied harmony, composed his first tunes and was generally active in music in Washington. Among his childhood friends Read more

Horace Silver - 62% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Blues
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Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, 2 September 1928, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. Silver studied piano and tenor saxophone at school, settling on the former instrument for his professional career. Early influences included Portuguese folk music (from his father), blues and bop. He formed a trio for local gigs which included backing visiting musicians. One such visitor, Stan Get Read more

Sonny Rollins - 62% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Easy Listening Music & Radio Blues Comedy
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Theodore Walter Rollins, 7 September 1929, New York City, New York, USA. Although an older brother played violin and, at the age of nine, he took piano lessons, Rollins was destined for the saxophone. In 1944 he played alto saxophone in high school and when he left in 1947 he began gigging round New York on tenor. His first inspiration was Coleman Hawkins, but he was well aw Read more

Bud Powell - 58% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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Earl Rudolph Powell, 27 September 1924, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 July 1966, New York City, New York, USA. After learning to play the piano in the classical tradition while still a child, Powell began working around New York’s Coney Island, where he played in a band featuring Valaida Snow around 1940. During the next couple of years he became a regular Read more

Clifford Brown - 57% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
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30 October 1930, Wilmington, Delaware, USA, d. 26 June 1956, Pennsylvania, USA. As a young high school student Brown began playing trumpet and within a very short time was active in college and other youth bands. By his late teens he had attracted the favourable attention of leading jazzmen, including fellow trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Fats Navarro. At the en Read more

McCoy Tyner - 56% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Latin
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Alfred McCoy Tyner, 11 December 1938, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Beginning in his early teens, Tyner studied piano formally for several years before joining the jazztet led by Benny Golson and Art Farmer in 1959. The following year he joined John Coltrane, with whom he had previously gigged in Philadelphia. He remained with Coltrane until 1965 in what became known as t Read more

Red Garland - 56% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz
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William M. Garland, 13 May 1923, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 23 April 1984, Dallas, Texas, USA. Garland turned to the piano in his late teens, having earlier studied and played reed instruments. Although initially inspired by mainstream artists, he moved into bebop in the late 40s, accompanying Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and others while still playing regularly with musicians s Read more

Oscar Peterson - 55% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Mystery / Thriller Easy Listening
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15 August 1925, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, d. 23 December 2007, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Blessed with an attractive stage personality, this behemoth of mainstream jazz’s fluid technique was influenced by Art Tatum, Errol Garner and, later, George Shearing. After studying trumpet, illness redirected Peterson to the piano. His enthusiasm resulted in endless hours of p Read more

Art Pepper - 53% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
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1 September 1925, Gardena, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 15 June 1982, Panorama City, California, USA. Pepper started out on clarinet at the age of nine, switching to alto saxophone four years later. After appearing in school groups, he first played professionally with Gus Arnheim’s band. During his mid-teens he developed his jazz style sitting in with otherwise all- Read more

Charlie Parker - 53% match to Lester Young

Genres: Jazz Drama Documentaries Music & Radio Pop / Rock Soundtracks
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Charles Christopher Parker, 29 August 1920, Kansas City, Kansas, USA, d. 12 March 1955, New York City, New York, USA. Although he was born on the Kansas side of the state line, Parker was actually raised across the Kaw River in Kansas City, Missouri. His nickname was originally ‘Yardbird’ due to his propensity for eating fried chicken - later this was shortened to Read more

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