Prolific saxophone player Lee Konitz died April 15, 2020 in New York City as a result of complications from the Covid-19 virus at the age of 92.

Konitz was the last surviving member of the “Birth of the Cool” by Miles Davis.

Over the course of his career that lasted seven decades,, he has played with Miles Davis, the Claude Thronhill Orchestra, the Stab Kenton Orchestra, pianits Lennie Tristano, Stan Kenton, Warne Marsh, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell, Gerry Mulligan, and Bill Evans. He also played at all three of the Birdland Clubs in New York City.

His accomplishments include the NEA Jazz Masters Award, and the German Jazz Prize.

Born the youngest of three in Chicago on October 13, 1927 the son of an Austrian father and a Russian mother, Konitz began his musical adventure on the clarinet and later switched to the tenor and then the alto saxophone.

Konitz’ survivors include his children Josh, Paul, Rebecca, Stephanie, and Karen; three grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Lee Konitz discography:
“Lee Konitz with Tristano, Marsh, and Bauer”
“The New Sounds”
“Konitz Meets Mulligan”
“With Gerry Mulligan Quartet”
“Sax of a Kind”
“Lee Konitz and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet”
“Lee Konitz/Bob Brookmeyer in Paris”
“Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh”
“Lee Konitz at Harvard Square”
“In Harvard Square”
“Inside Hi-Fi”
“Lee Konitz”
“The Real Lee Konitz”
“An Image: Lee Konitz with Strings”
“Very Cool”
“Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre”
“Live at the Half Note”
“You and Lee”
“Trio and Quartet”
“Modern Jazz Compositions from Haiti”
“The Lee Konitz Duets”
“Impressive Rome”
“Alto Summit”
“Jazz a Juan”
“Concentrate on You”
“Chicago ‘N All That Jazz”
“Jazz Exchange”
“Lee Konitz Meets Warne Marsh Again”
“Figure and Spirit”
“Live at the Montmartre Club: Jazz Exchange, Vol. 2”
“Lee Konitz Quintet”
“The Lee Konitz Nonet”
“Yes, Yes, Nonet”
“The Lee Konitz Nonet”
“Live at Laren”
“Seasons Change”
“Live at the Berlin Jazz Days”
“Toot Sweet”
“Art of the Duo”
“Glad, Koonix!”
“Star Eyes, Hamburg 1983”
“Dedicated to Lee”
“Wild as Springtime”
“Ideal Scene”
“Medium Rare”
“The New York Album”
“Round and Round”
“In Rio”
“Konitz in Denmark ’89”
“Once Upon a Line”
“Hein Van de Geyn Meets Lee Konitz”
“Lullaby of Birdland”
“Jazz Nocturne”
“Fron Newport to Nice”
“Lee Konitz and the Jazzpar All Star Nonet”
“Frank-Lee Speaking”
“Italian Ballads, Vol. 1”
“So Many Stars”
“Speakin’ Lowly”
“A Venezia”
“Swiss Kiss”
“We Thought About Duke”
“Into it: Solos & Duos”
“Free with Lee”
“Atmosphete Conditions Permitting”
“Brazilian Rhapsody”
“Breaths and Whispers: Homage to Alexandr Skrjabin”
“Steps Towards a Dream”
“Very Fool”
“Live at Manhattan”
“Angel Song”
“It’s You”
“Lee Konitz Meets Don Friedman”
“Unaccompanied Live in Yokohama”
“Rhapsody, Vol. 2”
“Body & Soul”
“Strings for Holiday”
“Out of Nowhere”
“Dearly Beloved”
“Aone Together”
“12 Gershwin in 12 Keys”
“Frankfurt Concert”
“Self Portrait”
“Subconscious Lee (Summit)”
“Saxophone Dreams”
“Inside Cole Porter”
“L’Age Muir”
“Tender Lee for Chat”
“Three Guys”
“Another Shade of Blue”
“Brazilian Serenade”
“Dig It”
“Sound of Surprise”
“Play French Impressionist Music from the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
“Open Hearts”
“Some New Stuff”
“All the Way (The Soft Ways)”
“Inside Rodgers”
“Gong with Wind Suite”
“Outra Vez”
“Duas Contas”
“At the New Mississippe Jazz Club”
“A Day in Florence”
“Music of Konitz”
“Suite for Paolo”
“One Day with Lee”
“Phil & Lee: Two Brothers in Three Flats”
“Play Rava”
Play Woods”
“Play Konitz”
“Lee Konitz – Ohad Talmor String Project: Inventions”
“New Nonet”
“Organic Lee”
“Infant Eyes”
“October Waltz with Lee Konitz”
“Live in Oslo”
“Alone & Together”
“The Glenn Gould Session”
“The Soprant Sax Album: Standards”
“Deep Lee”
“Jugendstil II”
“Live at the Village Vanguard”
“Knowing Lee”
“Live at Birdland”
“Owl’s Talk”
“Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note”
“Eu Nao Existo (Thanks, A.C. Jobim)”
“Costumes are Mandatory”
“Standards Live: At the Village Vanguard”
“First Meeting: Live in London, Vol. 1”
“Jeff Denson Trio and Lee Konitz”
“Foolin’ Myself Humorous Lee”
“Old Songs New”
“To Bill Evans”


By Schorle – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,