Following his parents’ divorce in 1919, Young moved with his father and siblings to Minneapolis, where his father remarried a woman saxophone player. The new family formed a traveling band in which Young first played drums, but he switched to alto saxophone — a much less cumbersome instrument to carry around — at age 13. “Quit them because I got tired of packing them up,” Young said in an interview reprinted in Down Beat. “I’d take a look at the girls after the show, and before I’d get the drums packed, they’d all be gone.”
Lester Young was married 3 times and has 2 children – Lester W. Young Jr. (born 1947) and Yvette Young (born 1957) – who both hold a PhD in Education.
Final Resting Place:
The Evergreens Cemetery
1629 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11207
Grave Location:Redemption, Grave 11418
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery from Bushwick Avenue, take the first right and continue to take right turns to stay along the border of the cemetery. Between the Orient Hill and Ascension sections you will find Redemption. Drive about halfway through the Redemption section and park. Walk to your right to the fence that borders the cemetery with Interborough Parkway and then look 13 spaces in the angled row facing the fence line to find the final resting place of jazz legend Lester Young.
Grave Location GPS40.68488966636, -73.8949134872
Read More About Lester Young:
- Wikipedia Entry
- Official Lester Young Website
- Lester Young – 10 Defining Moments From The Tenor Sax Legend
- Billie Holiday and Lester Young: the intimate friendship between Lady Day and Prez
- A flawed life of tenor sax great Lester Young
- Lester Young: the incredible jazz artist with an unfortunate fate
- Lester Young: 'The Prez' Still Rules At 100
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