Lee Konitz Quartet - This Saturday, March 4 - 7:30pm at Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open

Dear Friends,

Please join us this Saturday, March 4th at 7:30pm for a very special Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open concert featuring jazz legend and NEA Jazz Master:
Lee Konitz and his quartet!!

Lee's career ranges 70 years from the late 1940's (when he performed with Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool Nonet and big bands led by Claude Thornhill & Stan Kenton) to the present day. This year he celebrates his 90th birthday!

This is a great opportunity to hear Lee and his quartet in an intimate setting -
right here in Brooklyn!


Michel, Daniel & Rob
BJWO 2017 3 2 Lee Konitz

Jazz legend and NEA Jazz Master
Lee Konitz - alto saxophone
Florian Weber - piano
Jeremy Stratton - bass
George Schuller - drums

SATURDAY, March 4, 2017 - 7:30pm
$20 admission
58 Seventh Ave (at Lincoln Pl.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn,

Please mark you calendars for these upcoming concerts in our 2016-17 season:

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Daniel Kelly's Rakonto: Voices from the Shenandoah Valley
Jean Rohe (voice), Daniel Kelly (piano), Matt Pavolka (bass) and Rob Garcia (drums)

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Thomas Chapin Tribute with Mario Pavone, Michael Sarin, Dave Ballou, Marty Erhlich, Ned Rothenberg and more!

Lee Konitz
Artist Biography by Scott Yanow:

One of the most individual of all altoists (and one of the few in the 1950s who did not sound like a cousin of Charlie Parker), the cool-toned Lee Konitz has always had a strong musical curiosity that has led him to consistently take chances and stretch himself, usually quite successfully. Early on he studied clarinet, switched to alto, and played with Jerry Wald. Konitz gained some attention for his solos with Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra (1947). He began studying with Lennie Tristano, who had a big influence on his conception and approach to improvising. Konitz was with Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool Nonet during their one gig and their Capitol recordings (1948-1950) and recorded with Lennie Tristano's innovative sextet (1949), including the first two free improvisations ever documented. Konitz blended very well with Warne Marsh's tenor (their unisons on "Wow" are miraculous) and would have several reunions with both Tristano and Marsh through the years, but he was also interested in finding his own way; by the early '50s he started breaking away from the Tristano school. Konitz toured Scandinavia (1951), where his cool sound was influential, and he fit in surprisingly well with Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (1952-1954), being featured on many charts by Bill Holman and Bill Russo.

Konitz was primarily a leader from that point on. He almost retired from music in the early '60s but re-emerged a few years later. His recordings have ranged from cool bop to thoughtful free improvisations, and his Milestone set of Duets (1967) is a classic. In the late '70s Konitz led a notable nonet and in 1992 he won the prestigious Jazzpar Prize. He kept a busy release schedule throughout the '90s and dabbled in the world of classical music with 2000's French Impressionist Music from the Turn of the Twentieth Century. The Mark Masters Ensemble joined him for 2004's One Day with Lee, and in 2007 he recorded Portology with the Ohad Talmor Big Band. He has recorded on soprano and tenor but has mostly stuck to his distinctive alto. Konitz has led consistently stimulating sessions for many labels, including Prestige, Dragon, Pacific Jazz, Vogue, Storyville, Atlantic, Verve, Wave, Milestone, MPS, Polydor, Bellaphon, SteepleChase, Sonet, Groove Merchant, Roulette, Progressive, Choice, IAI, Chiaroscuro, Circle, Black Lion, Soul Note, Storyville, Evidence, and Philogy. In 2011, he released his own trio album Knowinglee and appeared on the live ECM date Live at Birdland (recorded in 2009) with pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Paul Motian.

Connection Works is an artist-run non-profit organization (501c3) that engages the Brooklyn community with world-class jazz performances and educational events. Our programs promote and facilitate new work by established and up-and-coming artists alike. We provide a forum that supports the astonishing number of brilliant artists in our borough. We at Connection Works believe in and encourage the practice of creativity as a means to nourish the mind, body, and spirit.

Connection Works' Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open concert series, provides Brooklyn with events meriting large-scale international attention, maintaining the highest standards in performance and education, presented in a community-based format. Since 2007, the Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open series has presented workshops, master-classes and concerts featuring artists such as Joe Lovano, Fly (w/ Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard), Adam Kolker Quartet with John Abercrombie and Billy Hart, Dafnis Prieto Quartet, Yosvany Terry Quartet, Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, Dave Liebman Quartet, Anat Cohen/Howard Alden Quartet, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Gene Bertoncini, Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble and many others.

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