Saxophonist Lester “Pres” Young was born on this day in 1909. Here he is in a famous video performance of “Blues for Greasy” in 1950. That’s Ella Fitzgerald coming in with the scat vocal.
Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.More by Ed Kilgore