Paul Quinichette

Paul Quinichette ( born May 17, 1916 in Denver, † 25 May 1983; New York City ) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, who was best known for his time with Count Basie as strongly influenced by Lester Young Players.

Quinichette studied alto saxophone and clarinet at Tennessee State College and then moved to tenor saxophone. He played in local rhythm-and - blues bands and went from 1942 to 1944 with the band of Jay McShann on tour. 1945 to 1947 he was with Johnny Otis in California, then at Louis Jordan, Lucky Millinder, Milt Buckner, Eddie Wilcox, JC Heard (1948 /9) and Henry Red Allen (1951) and reached its peak 1952/53, with Count Basie, where he was hired to play like Lester Young. He did so well that he ( himself called him derisively Young Lady Q) nicknamed Vice President or Vice Prez after the nickname Prez by Lester Young got. After his time with Basie he made several recordings for Emarcy ( including The Vice Prez with Basie and Kenny Drew ) and had their own groups, played with Benny Goodman ( 1955), accompanied Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan (Sarah Vaughan, Emarcy 1954) and Dinah Washington (New Blowtop Blues 1952), took with Woody Herman and John Coltrane on ( Cattin with Coltrane Quinichette and 1957, and The Big Sound of Gene Ammons ), and even published a few more albums in Prestige such as For Basie 1958 ( with Nat Pierce at the piano ). In the late 1950s he withdrew entirely from the Jazz back, worked in New York as an electrician and did not occur until after 1973 again and yet also made some recordings from 1977, before his health forced him to sit down to rest.

Discography (selection)

  • Cattin 'with Coltrane and Quinichette, Prestige 1957 ( with Ed Thigpen, Mal Waldron, Julian Euell (b)), OJC
  • For Basie, Prestige 1958
  • On the sunny side, Prestige 1957
  • The Vice Prez, Emarcy 1954
  • Prez meets Vice Prez, Emarcy, 1954 ( with Lester Young)