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Lee Konitz

Since my last column, there has been a wave of deaths in the jazz world, many of them related to COVID-19. Here are the ones that have stuck with me the most. Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs was 70. He was a wide-ranging player who could do anything from smooth R&B-tinged jazz with drummer Norman Connors […]

The Chicago-born, nonagenarian American saxophonist and composer Leon “Lee” Konitz, known most notably for his pioneering playing on Miles Davis’ 1950 Birth of the Cool album, passed away on Thursday night from complications with the Covid-19 virus. His longtime manager and friend, Andreas Scherrer, confirmed via email that Konitz had been battling the virus in […]