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NPR's Tom Vitaleon TIn the 1930s, Lester Young — known as the "President of Jazz" or simply "The Prez" — led a revolution on the tenor saxophone that influenced generations to follow.

This week’s Vinyl Vault features Ben Sidran, “On the Live Side” which includes the hilarious “Good Travel Agent,” an extended riff on the three key things it takes to play jazz. Hint: the first two are a bad romance and a good travel agent. You’ll have to tune in to learn the third key ingredient.

Three time Grammy winner saxophonist, composer, and band leader Branford Marsalis followed his father pianist Ellis Marsalis into the world of jazz, as did three of his younger brothers. Born in Louisiana on September 26th in 1960, An innovative saxophonist, Marsalis has worked with brother Wynton, Sting, Miles Davis and many other musicians. From 1992 to '95, he served as musical director of Jay Leno's Tonight Show. In 2002, he founded his own music label, Marsalis Music. 

Wayne Shorter was born in  Newark, New Jersey on August 25, 1933.  Shorter tells his jazz story:

This week on the Vinyl Vault, it’s a Duke Ellington album KUVO doesn’t have! Yes, strange, but true, it’s a hole in the KUVO library, but the Vinyl Vault has it and we’ll hear it tonight at 8:30 pm.

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