The preeminent cool jazz saxophonist, having performed and recorded with Claude Thornhill, Lennie Tristano and with Miles Davis on his epochal Birth of the Cool, Lee Konitz counts easily as one of the most distinctive voices on alto saxophone.
Konitz recorded dozens of albums as a leader and recorded or performed with countless other jazz greats like Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Elvin Jones & Jim Hall.
Sing & Play How-to-Play-Jazz Exercises
Importance of Rhythm
How to approach Jazz Standards
Making the First Free Jazz Record (1949!)
Birth of the Cool & Miles Davis
Lennie Tristano teaching him and Warne Marsh Jazz Improvisation
Meeting Charlie Parker
In this video, part documentary, part musical master class, Konitz, in an intimate duo setting with frequent collaborator, pianist Dan Tepfer, openly and candidly discusses his unique approach on how to play jazz and the improvisational process. He also shares countless fascinating anecdotes, reaching as far back as the 1940s, covering encounters with jazz icons Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and many more.
Lee discusses and performs:
PLUS: a fascinating 60-minute Interview, covering six decades (!) of Jazz History