Paul Quinichette

Many men tried, but Paul Quinichette was the most successful at emulating the style of Lester Young. (Young called him “Lady Q”, a term not exactly meant at as a compliment.) With a nice smoky tone, Quinichette worked with many great musicians, and played on some of the earliest tribute albums. If he is somewhat forgotten today, it may because the tenor style he followed is currently out of favor. That fact does not lessen his music, some of which is remarkable.

Paul Quinichette grew up in Denver and started young with the saxophone, and attended Tennessee State College as a music major. Beginning on alto and clarinet, he switched to tenor as he began to get work with R&B bands. He toured with Jay McShann for two years (1942-44), and then did similar stints with Louis Jordan and Henry “Red” Allen. He moved to New York around 1946.

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

1 Photos



Art Farmer Art Farmer
Johnny Hodges Johnny Hodges
sax, alto
Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins
sax, tenor
Kenny Dorham Kenny Dorham
Roy Eldridge Roy Eldridge
Jackie McLean Jackie McLean
sax, alto
Thad Jones Thad Jones
Paul Gonsalves Paul Gonsalves
sax, tenor
Charlie Rouse Charlie Rouse
sax, tenor
Gene Ammons Gene Ammons
sax, tenor
Louis Smith Louis Smith

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!