Lee Young

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Lee Young (March 7, 1914 – July 31, 2008) was an American jazz drummer and singer.[1] His musical family included his father Willis Young and his older brother, saxophonist Lester Young. In 1944 he played with Norman Granz's first "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert.

Early life and education[edit]

Young was born in 1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Willis Young and Lizetta Teresa Johnson. His father was a musician, as were other relatives. His older brother Lester Young became a famed saxophonist. Lee began playing from an early age and the family had a band for several years.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1944 Lee Young was the drummer at Norman Granz's first "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert,[2] which also featured guitarist Les Paul, trombonist J.J. Johnson, and saxophonist Jean-Baptiste "Illinois" Jacquet, amongst others.

Young played with such jazz and swing music notables as Mutt Carey, Fats Waller, Les Hite, Benny Goodman, and Lionel Hampton. In the 1950s Young played with Nat King Cole's trio. From the 1960s on, he worked as an artist & repertory man for such record labels as Vee-Jay and Motown.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marl Young; Bryant, Clora; Buddy Collete; Green, William A.; Isoardi, Steven Louis; Jack Kelson; Tapscott, Horace; Wilson, Gerald Henry (1999). Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles (Roth Family Foundation Book in American Music). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 51. ISBN 0-520-22098-6. 
  2. ^ Marl Young; Bryant, Clora; Buddy Collete; Green, William A.; Isoardi, Steven Louis; Jack Kelson; Tapscott, Horace; Wilson, Gerald Henry (1999). Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles (Roth Family Foundation Book in American Music). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-520-22098-6. 

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