Paul Quinichette

Paul Quinichette
Born (1916-05-17)May 17, 1916
Denver, Colorado, United States
Died May 25, 1983(1983-05-25) (aged 67)
New York City, New York, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Tenor saxophone

Paul Quinichette (May 17, 1916 – May 25, 1983) was an American jazz musician who played the tenor saxophone. He was known as the "Vice President" or "Vice Prez" for his uncanny emulation of the breathy style of Lester Young, known as "Prez". Young, who affectionately called everyone "Lady ****" (he called Billie Holiday "Lady Day"), called him "Lady Q".[1] He was also capable of a gruffer style on his own.

He played with Jay McShann, Louis Jordan, and Henry Red Allen before being hired by Count Basie specifically to replace Young in his band. He is featured on some of Dinah Washington's best work recorded in 1952–54. He recorded many small combo dates, including sessions with Young, Charlie Rouse and later with John Coltrane.

Quinichette was born in Denver, Colorado and died in New York City.


As sideman

With Gene Ammons

With Count Basie

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Billie Holiday

With The Prestige All Stars

With Sarah Vaughan

With Mal Waldron

With Dinah Washington

With Webster Young

See also


  1. "Jazz Legends: Paul Quinichette". Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
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