Michael Cuscuna alerted us to a video on the Mosaic Records site in which Wayne Shorter tells about his only meeting with Lester Young. It was in the late 1950s, most likely 1958. Shorter had played briefly with Horace Silver before he began his two years of service in the US Army, but at 25 he was still largely unknown. Ahead of him was his early career as a tenor saxophonist, composer, and sideman with Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey and Miles Davis. To see and hear him tell his Lester story, click on the arrow in the frame below. Following the clip is one of Lester Young in 1958, around the same time as his encounter with PFC Shorter. He died at 49 the following year.
The Daily Jazz Gazette page on the Mosaic website features a rotating selection of videos and other jazz-related items. Warning: You may find it addictive.