Paul Quinichette

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Paul Quinichette (May 17, 1916 – May 25, 1983) was an American jazz musician who played the tenor saxophone. He was known as the Vice President or Vice Prez for his uncanny emulation of the breathy style of Lester Young, known as Prez. Young, who affectionately called everyone "Lady ****" (he called Billie Holiday "Lady Day"), called him "Lady Q".[1] He was also capable of a gruffer style on his own.

He played with Jay McShann, Louis Jordan, and Henry Red Allen before being hired by Count Basie specifically to replace Young in his band. He is featured on some of Dinah Washington's best work recorded in 1952–54. He recorded many small combo dates, including sessions with Young, Charlie Rouse and later with John Coltrane.

Quinichette was born in Denver, Colorado and died in New York City.


As sideman[edit]

With Gene Ammons

With Count Basie

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Billie Holiday

With The Prestige All Stars

With Sarah Vaughan

With Mal Waldron

With Dinah Washington

With Webster Young

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jazz Legends: Paul Quinichette". Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 

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