Saxophonist Lee Konitz, jazz and improvised music legend, dies of the coronavirus

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Konitz has died at the age of 92 due to pneumonia caused by Covid-19


Lee Konitz.
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The American saxophonistLee Konitz, a jazz legend and the last surviving member of the team that recorded Miles Davis’ “Birth of the Cool” (1957), has died at the age of 92 due to pneumonia caused by Covid-19.

The death on Wednesday of the artist, who was being treated at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, was confirmed by his son Josh to the US public broadcaster, NPR.

Especially known for itsimprovisation skills, Konitz (Chicago, 1927) began musically at the piano as a teenager and developed a career of more than 70 years in which he published more than a hundred albums in his name, until “Prisma” (2018), and in which collaborated in the recording of another infinity of discs with musicians likeChick Corea, Bill Evans or Charles Mingus.

Under that facet, he was one of the nine members of the band that accompaniedMiles Davisbetween 1949 and 1950, whose work led to the aforementioned and emblematic “Birth of the Cool”.

Konitz traveled the world and was distinguished asone of the parents of what is known as “cool jazz”in the 2013 edition of the San Sebastian Jazzaldia festival with the Donostiako Jazzaldia Award.

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