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Peter Apfelbaum Sextet
Kenny Barron / Terrell Stafford / Dayna Stephens / Matt Wilson
Alan Broadbent Trio
Jimmy Cobb Quartet featuring Kenny Barron
Ruth Davies Blues Night featuring Barbara Morrison
Basie and Beyond: Jamie Davis and the Fred Barry Jazz Orchestra
Sasha Dobson Trio
Lou Donaldson Quartet
Madeline Eastman / Dena DeRose
Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Group
Eddie Gomez Trio / Frank Wess Quartet
Wycliffe Gordon Presents the Jazz Mentors
Wycliffe Gordon Quartet featuring Matt Wilson
Albert "Tootie" Heath
Jimmy Heath
Bobby Hutcherson
Nancy King
Lee Konitz
Maria Marquez Quintet
Jeb Patton Trio featuring Tootie Heath
Nicholas Payton Quintet
Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
John Santos Quintet
The Latin Side of the Great American Songbook with Peggy Stern
(New) Standards Night wtih Peter Stoltzman
Patrick Wolff Trio

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Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz played with Miles Davis in the late 1940’s, appearing on his 1949 “Birth of the Cool” recording. From Chicago, his elegant and impressionistic alto saxophone solos were first heard with Claude Thornhill’s Orchestra, a progenitor of the cool sound. Studying with pianist / composer Lennie Tristano was a prime influence on Konitz’s free jazz explorations. In an era where Charlie Parker dominated the landscape stylistically, Konitz was one of the few saxophonists of the period who developed a truly individual approach to the instrument. Subsequent to his work with Miles, Konitz joined Stan Kenton’s Orchestra from 1952–1954. He has since earned literally hundreds of recording credits as a sideman, accompanying artists such as Bill Frisell, Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus, Manhattan Transfer and Gil Evans during his distinguished career. Never one to rest on his considerable laurels, he has also released dozens of CD’s as a leader and consolidated his reputation as a talent of inimitable style. His 1967 “Duets” recording on the Milestone label, featuring unusual combinations of instruments performing jazz from various subgenres including Dixieland, bop and free exploration, is one of the highlights of his discography. Konitz was awarded the prestigious Jazzpar prize in 1992 (given to internationally known and fully active jazz artists who are specially deserving of further acclaim). In 2000, he took a foray into French classical music, releasing a CD of material from the Impressionist era by composers including Ravel, Debussy and Satie, accompanied by strings. Lee currently divides his time between New York, Poland and Germany and was recently fêted in New York at Carnegie Hall for his 80th birthday. Konitz fi nds particular inspiration in playing with different musicians in new situations, and this concert will feature a variety of groupings and special guests.

To read a feature profile of Lee written by Andy Gilbert for the San Jose Mercury News, click here for our "Media Archives" page.


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