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Lester Young

Jazz Musician (27-Aug-1909 — 15-Mar-1959)


Frank Buchmann-Moller. You Just Fight for Your Life: The Story of Lester Young. Praeger. 1990. 298pp.

Douglas Henry Daniels. Lester Leaps In: The Life and Times of Lester "Pres" Young. Beacon Press. 2002. 524pp.

Luc Delannoy. Translated by Elena B. Odio. Pres: The Story of Lester Young. University of Arkansas Press. 1993. 252pp.

Dave Gelly. Lester Young. Hippocrene Books. 1984. 94pp.

Dave Gelly. Being Prez: The Life and Music of Lester Young. Oxford University Press. 2007. 171pp.

Jørgen Grunnet Jepsen. A Discography of Lester Young. Karl Emil Knudsen. 1968. 90pp.

Lewis Porter. Lester Young. University of Michigan Press. 2005. 136pp.


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  5. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.841)

  6. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.773)

  7. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1595)

  8. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.820)

  9. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.527)

  10. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.349)

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