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Founded in 1980 as an independent music store, the Princeton Record Exchange continues to promote and support some of the best musicians and their recordings, including Lester Young CDs, DVDs and more. Read about us in Published Articles and read our Customer Reviews on We appreciate your support for our indie music store!

Our in-store music selection of over 100,000 CDs and LPs includes: Rock, Alternative, Punk, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, other genres, and often Lester Young albums. Our in-store DVD selection of over 10,000 titles includes: Action, Comedy, Criterion, Disney, TV DVDs and more. We hope you can visit our unique record store to see our Lester Young record collection, Lester Young CD collection and much more. We are located in historic downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, which is easily accessible by car, train and bus.

Sell us your unwanted CDs DVDs and Vinyl, and they will be recycled into the hands of music and movie lovers who can appreciate them again. From personal collections to estate collections, from reviewer/radio station surplus to entire store inventories- no collection is too large! Contact us in order to determine how much we can pay you for your collection.

We appreciate your support for Lester Young and our indie music store!

They Might Be Giants played free show this past Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012!

You may not know this, but independent record stores have a holiday all their own. The third Saturday of April every year is National Record Store Day! We've participated in every one since it began five years ago, and every year we've had a fantastic turnout. This past April, we were thrilled to have the Grammy-award winning band They Might Be Giants help us celebrate by performing a free concert in the nearby Princeton Public Library courtyard. 

At this point, a very small percentage of you may be wondering, "wait, who are these guys?" I'm glad you asked - but the truth of the matter is you've probably heard them and just don't know it. Have you ever seen the intro to the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle"? That's them. Have you ever gotten "The Daily Show's" opening song stuck in your head? That's them, and we were honored that they chose our store as the place where they wanted to play.

We'd like to mention a special thanks to our friends at Princeton Public Library who graciously agreed to host the concert. (With all the merchandise we carry, we didn’t have the space!). The staff really went out of their way to pull this off.

The weather was great, the band was in fine form and the turnout was fantastic!  Over 1,000 folks showed up, and the band spent hours at the store after at a meet-and-greet posing for photos and signing autographs.  It was truly a memorable day.

In addition to TMBG, Record Store Day featured hundreds of limited edition vinyl records from the most talented musicians of our time. If you're interested in one of the limited edition releases at the next Record Store Day, we highly recommend you arrive early to maximize your chances of buying a copy. It's first come, first serve, so we look forward to seeing you bright and early!


Lester Young Biography

Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 ? March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist.

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Lester Young Bio Continued

He is remembered as one of the finest, most influential players on his instrument and for inventing or establishing much of the hipster ethos which came to be associated with jazz.

Lester Young was born in Woodville, Mississippi and grew up in a musical family. Young's father, Willis Handy Young, was a respected teacher, his brother Lee Young was a drummer, and several other relatives played music professionally. His family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana when Lester was an infant and later to Minneapolis. His father taught him to play trumpet, violin, and drums in addition to the saxophone. He played in his family's band in both the vaudeville and carnival circuits. He left the family band in 1927 because he refused to tour in the US South, where the Jim Crow Laws were in effect.

Lester Young Discography Updated January 2007
Lester Young Albums

Lester Young Vinyl & Lester Young CDs

1944 Kansas City Style Commodore
1944 Lester Warms Up Savoy
1946 Lester Young-Buddy Rich Trio Verve
1946 Lester Young-Nat King Cole Trio Score
1946 Coleman Hawkins & Lester Young Zim
1950 Pres Lives! Savoy
1950 The Pres Savoy
1950 Swings Again Verve
1950 Pres Is Blue Charlie Parker
1950 Lester Young Quartet and Count Basie Seven Mercury
1951 Pres Verve
1951 Lester Young Savoy
1951 Lester Young Collates Mercury
1951 The Lester Young Trio Mercury
1952 Pres and Teddy and Oscar Verve
1952 Pres and His Cabinet Verve
1952 With the Oscar Peterson Trio Universe
1952 It Don't Mean a Thing Verve
1953 Collates No. 2 Mercury
1953 Just You, Just Me Charlie Parker
1953 Lester Young Norgran
1953 Battle of the Saxes Aladdin
1954 Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio,... Norgran
1954 Mean to Me Verve
1954 Lester Young: His Tenor Sax Aladdin
1954 The President Norgran
1955 Pres Meets Vice-Pres EmArcy
1955 Pres and Sweets Verve
1956 The Jazz Giants '56 Verve
1956 Pres and Teddy Verve
1956 Prez in Europe Onyx
1956 Lester's Here Norgran
1956 Nat King Cole-Buddy Rich Trio
1956 Lester Swings Again Norgran
1956 Lester Young and His Tenor Sax, Vol. 2 Aladdin
1956 Tops on Tenor Jazztone
1957 Going for Myself Verve
1957 If It Ain't Got That Swing
1958 Laughin' to Keep from Cryin' Classic
1959 Lester Young in Paris Verve
1959 The Lester Young: Teddy Wilson Quartet Verve

Compilation Lester Young Records and Lester Young CD Releases

1950 Ultimate Lester Young Polygram
1951 Masters of Jazz: Lester Young Storyville
1951 The President, Vol. 2 Jazz View
1952 Giants of Jazz American
1952 Lester Young, Vol. 2 RCA Makin'
1952 The Essential Lester Young Verve
1956 Blue Lester Savoy
1956 Pres Collectables
1957 Lester Young's Greatest Intro
1957 Swinging Lester Young Intro
1961 'Pres' Norgran
1961 The Pres: Jazz Immortals Series, Vol. 2 Savoy
1962 The Immortal Lester Young, Vol. 1 Imperial
1962 The Immortal Lester Young, Vol. 2 Imperial
1965 52nd Street Mainstream
1965 Chairman of the Board Mainstream
1965 Prez Mainstream
1965 The Influence of Five Mainstream
1975 Newly Discovered Performances, Vol. 1 ESP
1976 Again AJ
1976 Lester Young, Vol. 1 AJ
1993 Jazz Hour With Lester Young: Lester Leaps In Jazz Hour
1993 The Master's Touch SJL
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 30 Polygram
1995 1937-39, Vol. 1 Masters of
1995 1939-1942, Vol. 2 Masters of
1995 1944, Vol. 4 Masters of
1995 I Got Rhythm Four Star
1995 Lester Leaps In ASV
1995 The Lester Young Story EPM Musique
1995 The Super Sessions Le Jazz
1996 1941-1944 EPM Musique
1996 1944, Vol. 5 Masters of
1996 Easy Does It: 1936-40 Past Perfect
1996 Lester Leaps In
1997 1943-1946 Classics
1997 Tenor King Prestige Elite
1997 The Kansas City Sessions GRP
1997 This Is Jazz, Vol. 26 Sony
1998 1943-1947 Giants of Jazz
1998 1946, Vol. 8 Masters of
1998 An Introduction: His Best Recordings 1936-45 Best of Jazz
1998 Pres: Jazz Immortals Series, Vol. 2... Savoy
1999 1946-1947 Classics
1999 Essential Masters of Jazz Proper
1999 Exercise in Swing Giants of Jazz
1999 The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on... Polygram
2000 Afternoon of a Basie-Ite Proper
2000 Complete Recordings Definitive
2000 Ding Dong Proper
2000 Jammin' the Blues Definitive
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Verve
2000 Lester Dreams Definitive
2000 Lester-Amadeus Phontastic
2000 Pres in Europe High Note
2000 The Lester Young Story Proper
2001 Basic Years TIM
2001 Countless Blues TIM
2001 I Never Knew TIM
2001 Jammin' With Lester TIM
2001 Lester Leaps Again TIM
2001 Lester Leaps In TIM
2001 Lester Swings TIM
2001 Little Pee's Blues TIM
2001 Los Angeles to New York: 1944-1946 Cleopatra
2001 Movin' With Lester TIM
2002 1947-1951 Classics
2002 Chicago to New York to Los Angeles: 1938-1944 Fremeaux &
2002 From a Cool Perspective Raven
2002 Jazz After Hours Jazz After
2002 Le Jazz in Paris: Le Dernier Message de... Universal/Emar
2002 Lester Rides Again Past Perfect
2002 Lester Swings Giants of Jazz
2002 Lester Young: Portrait Past Perfect
2002 The Complete Savoy Recordings Savoy Jazz
2002 Vol. 1: 1939-1947 - The Alternative Takes Neatwork
2003 1936-1948: The President of the Tenor Sax Jazz Legends
2003 Kansas City Sax: Complete Kansas City Master... Jasmine
2003 Timeless Lester Young Savoy Jazz
2004 1951-1952 Classics

Live Lester Young Vinyl and Lester Young CD's

1946 Carnegie Blues Verve
1948 Live at the Royal Roost 1948 Musidisc
1948 Live at the Royal Roost 1948 Unique Jazz
1951 Live at Birdland Bandstand
1953 Jazz at the Philharmonic (Hartford 1953) Pablo
1954 Town Hall Concert Mainstream
1956 Lester Young in Washington, D.C., 1956 Pablo/OJC
1956 Live at Birdland, Vol. 2 Bandstand
1998 Lester Young in Washington, Vol. 5 Original Jazz
2000 Les Incontournables Wea
2001 Live at the Birdland TIM
2002 New York to Los Angeles: 1938-1947

Lester Young DVDs & Lester Young Music Videos

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Lester Young Music CD Appearances

Count Basie
Essential Count Basie, Vol. 1 (1936) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
1936-1938 (1936) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Complete Decca Recordings (1937... (1937) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Golden Years, Vol. 2 (1938) (1938) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Essential Count Basie, Vol. 2 (1939) Sax (Tenor)
1939 (1939) Sax (Tenor)
1939, Vol. 2 (1939) Sax (Tenor)
1939-1940 (1939) Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie and His Great... (1939) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Essential Count Basie, Vol. 3 (1940) Sax (Tenor)
Golden Years, Vol. 3 (1940-1944) (1940) Sax (Tenor)
1940-1941 (1940) Sax (Tenor)
Basie's Best (1942) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Jubilee Alternatives (1943) Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie and His Orchestra... (1944) Sax (Tenor)
Beaver Junction (1944-1946) (1944) Sax (Tenor)
1944-1945 (1944) Sax (Tenor)
Lester Leaps In (1955) Clarinet, Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie and the Stars... Count Basie, Lester Young & the... (1955) Sax (Tenor)
One O'Clock Jump (1956) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie at Newport (1957) Sax (Tenor)
One O'Clock Jump (1989) Clarinet, Arranger, Sax (Tenor)
Golden Years, Vol. 1 (1937) (1993) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Orchestra (1994) Sax (Tenor)
Verve Jazz Masters 2 (1994) Sax (Tenor)
Vol. 1:1936-1941 (1994) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie & Chick Webb Count Basie & His Orchestra 1937... (1995) Sax (Tenor)
1929-1937, Vol. 3 (1995) Sax (Tenor)
1937, Vol. 4 (1995) Sax (Tenor)
1938, Vol. 6 (1995) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
1938, Vol. 7 (1995) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
1936-1944 (1996) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Best of Early Basie (1996) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
This Is Jazz, Vol. 11 (1996) Sax (Tenor)
1938-1939 (1996) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Golden Years, Vol. 4 (1996) Sax (Tenor)
Golden Years, Vol. 1 (1996) Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie & His... 1943-1945 (1996) Sax (Tenor)
Best of Count Basie (1937-39) (1996) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie/Lester Young Count Basie, Lester Young and the... (1996) Sax (Tenor)
Unbeatable Basie Beat (1996) Sax (Tenor)
1938-1939, Vol. 8 (1997) Sax (Tenor)
Swingsation (1998) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Blues & Boogie Woogie 1937-1947 (1998) Sax (Tenor)
1939, Vol. 10 (1999) Sax (Tenor)
1939, Vol. 11 (1999) Sax (Tenor)
Birdland Days (1999) Sax (Tenor)
Swing Legends: 24 Classic Hits (2000) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Ken Burns Jazz (2000) Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie & His... Listen My Children You Shall Hear... (2000) Sax (Tenor)
Blues by Basie/One O'Clock Jump (2001) Sax (Tenor)
At Birdland Summer 1952 (2001) Sax (Tenor)
Anthology (2001) Sax (Tenor)
Complete Original American Decca... (2001) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor), Soloist
Swingin' at the Chatterbox: 1937 (2001) Sax (Tenor)
Alternative Takes, Vol. 1: 1936... (2002) Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie's Finest Hour (2002) Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie at Southland 1940 (2002) Sax (Tenor)
Alternative Takes, Vol. 2: 1940... (2002) Sax (Tenor)
The Count Basie Big Band Basie Swings (2002) Sax (Tenor)
America's #1 Band: The Columbia... (2003) Sax (Tenor)
Quintessence, Vol. 2 (2003) Sax (Tenor)
Alternate Takes, Vol. 6: 1944-52 (2004) Sax (Tenor)
Count Basie, Vol. 1 Sax (Tenor)
Masterpieces, Vol. 8 Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)

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