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Les Lieber, ‘Jazz at Noon’ Founder, Dies at 106

For 47 years, he ran one of the hippest jam sessions in NYC

Les Lieber in 1982
Les Lieber in 1982

Type the name Les Lieber into YouTube’s search bar and—as is the case with most musicians—a number of performance clips immediately pop up. The top result dates from 1939 and shows a young musician killing it on penny whistle, an instrument that rarely finds its way into jazz.

Just a couple of videos down from there, we see an alto saxophonist in 2012, blowing a respectable “There Will Never Be Another You” with a band he’s fronting. It’s the same guy—in that second clip Lieber is celebrating his 100th birthday, still doing what he loves.

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