90 years young and still blowing up a storm! The legendary saxophonist/composer Lee Konitz first gained prominence with Miles Davis on the groundbreaking Birth Of The Cool sessions in 1949 and was a primary component in the development of the ‘cool jazz’ scene of the 1950’s that spawned such greats as Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan.
Alto Saxophonist Lee Konitz has enjoyed one of the most creative and prolific careers in modern jazz. After an early experience with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra and Stan Kenton’s Orchestra, the innovative small groups of pianist Lennie Tristano, and the Miles Davis Capitol Orchestra (“Birth of the Cool”), Konitz turned freelance and has remained on the cutting edge of post-bop improvisation ever since.
He has occasionally led a nonet (now resurrected!) and various quartets, but his exceptionally large and varied discography also includes an early unaccompanied saxophone solo album, several innovative albums of duets that spanned jazz styles, and collaborations which reads like the “who’s who” of the Jazz world. Lee Konitz is the only still active musician to have played all three ever excisting Birdland clubs in New York City.
Like Gil Evans or Coleman Hawkins Lee has always been open and interested to play with younger musicans and to participate in exciting new musical projects co-lead by them (like the Lee Konitz New Nonet or the Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor String Project).
Lee Konitz – alto saxophone
Dan Tepfer (or Florian Weber) – piano
Jeremy Stratton – bass
George Schuller – drums