( 1909-1959 )
Lester Willis Young, one of the "big three" swing tenors, along with Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins, is a jazz legend who popularized much of the hipster ethos which came to be associated with the music. Born in Woodville, Mississippi, Young rose to prominence in the Count Basie band. Nicknamed "The Prez," he toured regularly with Jazz at the Philharmonic and recorded extensively for Verve and Aladdin Records. His signature porkpie hat has been copied by generations of jazz musicians and fans alike.