Lee Konitz, alto saxFrank Kimbrough, pianoJeremy Stratton, bassGeorge Schuller, drums
Alto Saxophonist Lee Konitz has enjoyed one of the most creative and prolific careers in modern jazz. Spending much of his early career with the orchestras of Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton, the innovative small groups of pianist Lennie Tristano, and the Miles Davis Nonet ("Birth of the Cool"), Konitz became the consummate freelancer and has remained on the cutting edge of post-bop improvisation ever since.
While occasionally leading a nonet along with various quartets and trios over the past 60+ years, his exceptionally vast and varied discography also includes an early unaccompanied saxophone solo album, several innovative albums of duets that span several jazz styles, and other collaborations which reads like a "who’s who” of the Jazz world. Lee Konitz is the only still active musician to have played all three past and present Birdland clubs in New York City.
Like Gil Evans or Coleman Hawkins, Lee has always been open to playing with younger musicians and participating in exciting new musical projects (such as the Lee Konitz “New” Nonet or the Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor String Project). A recent book about Lee Konitz (by Andy Hamilton) was published in 2007, and he also received the coveted NEA Jazz Masters Award back in 2009. Lee was voted "Alto Saxophonist of the Year" by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in 2010 and numerous times before that. In July 2013, he was awarded the "German Jazz Prize" for his life in music.
To this day, Konitz and his side mates continue to explore the old standards of his day, often heightened by his own unique melodic sense of line and structure. Whether performing in a duo setting with pianists Dan Tepfer or Florian Weber or fronting his long-standing quartet (with bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller added), Konitz is always keeping one foot in the tradition while the other leans heavily towards the vast unknown.
Fri Oct. 198:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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