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jazz Lester Young on the South Bank Show A documentary by John Jeremy

A documentary by John Jeremy

Lester Young on the South Bank Show A documentary by John Jeremy


This is a fantastic portrait of one of the most important jazz musicians in history. Lester Young (known as Pres/Prez) was an early tenor saxophonist who came of age in Count Basie's orchestra. In blending power and presence with a cool and sophisticated approach, Young pioneered a free-floating and catchy melodic style that was popular among both musicians and dancers. From his early days to the highlights of his career, this film shows the influence he had, not just on his peers but on the later generations, from Stan Getz to Charlie Parker and, thus, the advent of bebop. 

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  • Stan Robinson | Saxophonist
  • Ray Manderson | Trumpeter
  • Dave Cliff | Guitarist
  • Mark Taylor | Drummer
  • Nick Weldon | Pianist
  • Bernie Cash | Double bassist
  • Alan Plater | Composer
  • Alan Cook | Singer
  • Gaile Peters | Singer
  • Derek Scott | Singer
  • Vernon Nesbeth | Singer


  • Directed by:
    • John Jeremy
  • Venue: South Bank (London, Great Britain)
  • Production date: 1985
  • Production: © Arthaus
  • Available version(s): EN
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