Lee Konitz

Lee Konitz

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First Name Lee
Last Name Konitz
Birthday 13th October, 1927
Zodiac Sign Libra
Occupation Text Musician, composer
Music Genre (Text) Jazz, Cool jazz
Music Genre Jazz, Cool
Year(s) Active 1945-present
Music Style Cool, Post-Bop, Modern Creative, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Music Mood Sophisticated, Intimate, Complex, Elegant, Stylish, Austere, Cerebral, Exuberant, Earthy, Confident, Refined/Mannered, Rollicking, Playful, Passionate, Romantic, Energetic, Gritty, Enigmatic, Ambitious, Lively, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Instrument (text) Alto saxophone
Record Label RCA Red Seal, Atlantic Records, Verve Records, Prestige Records, Palmetto Records, Whirlwind Recordings
Associated Acts Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jim Hall, Elvin Jones, Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden

Lee Konitz (born October 13, 1927) is an American jazz composer and alto saxophonist who was born in Chicago, Illinois. He has performed successfully in bebop and avant-garde settings. Konitz was one of the few altoists to retain a distinctive sound when Charlie Parker exercised a tremendous influence on other players. Konitz, like other students of pianist and theoretician Lennie Tristano, was noted for improvising long, melodic lines with the rhythmic interest coming from odd accents, or odd note groupings suggestive of the imposition of one time signature over another. Paul Desmond and, especially, Art Pepper were strongly influenced by Konitz.

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