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Name: Lester Willis Young                                                             
Also known as "Prez"                                                                 
Born: 27 August 1909 Woodville, Mississippi                                           
Died: 15 March 1959 New York City, New York                                           
Genre: Jazz                                                                           
Occupation(s): Saxophonist, clarinetist                                               
Instrument(s): Tenor saxophone, clarinet                                             
Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 - March 15, 1959), nicknamed Prez, was an       
American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist.                                     
He is remembered as one of the finest, most influential players on his               
instrument, playing with a cool tone and sophisticated harmonies. He also became     
a jazz legend, inventing or establishing much of the hipster ethos which came to     
be associated with the music.