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Lee Konitz: Legendary jazz saxophonist dies from coronavirus

Lee Konitz: Legendary jazz saxophonist dies from coronavirus

This article was posted on 17 Apr 2020.

Lee Konitz, the legendary jazz saxophonist who was best known for his work with Miles Davis, has died at the age of 92 after contracting Covid-19. Across the span of his 75-year career, Konitz worked with jazz greats including Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, and Ornette Coleman, becoming known for his ground-breaking improvisational style. Konitz’s most famous achievement was his work on Davis’ seminal 1957 album Birth of the Cool, which was recorded over three sessions in 1949 and 1950. He died in a New York hospital, having developed pneumonia after coming down with coronavirus.

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