The saxophonist american Lee Konitz, the jazz legend and the last member survivor of the team that recorded the “Birth of the Cool” (1957) miles Davis, has died at the age of 92 because of a pneumonia caused by COVID-19.
The death this Wednesday of the artist, who was being treated at Lenox Hill hospital in New York, confirmed his son Josh to the public radio station in U.S., NPR.
Known especially for their skills in improvisation, Konitz (Chicago, 1927) was launched musically on piano as a teenager and developed a career of over 70 years in which he published over a hundred albums to his name, to “Prism” (2018), and in which he collaborated in the recording of countless other albums with musicians such as Chick Corea, Bill Evans or Charles Mingus.
Under that facet, was one of the nine members of the band that backed miles Davis between 1949 and 1950, whose work resulted in the aforementioned and iconic “Birth of the Cool”.
Konitz traveled all over the world and was distinguished as one of the parents is known as “cool jazz” in the 2013 edition of the festival of san sebastian Jazzaldia Award-Donostiako Jazzaldia.