prolific jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz has died, according to a statement posted online on April. 14, 2020.
Lee Konitz, the prolific jazz saxophonist who maintained a singular style and devotion to improvisation throughout a career that stretched more than 70 years, died on Wednesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York at the age of 92. His son, Josh Konitz, confirmed to NPR that the cause was pneumonia related to COVID-19.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
Lee Konitz, the prolific jazz saxophonist who maintained a singular style and devotion to improvisation throughout a career that stretched more than seven decades, has died at the age of 92.https://t.co/PU0TdTSrF0
— NPR (@NPR) April 16, 2020
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
I’m hearing reports of the death of Lee Konitz, one of the defining altoists of modern jazz & a totally committed improviser—an inspiration to me & many others. He was literally there at the Birth of the Cool, and operated at the highest level for decades. https://t.co/lnUgOsRO1Q pic.twitter.com/9gWbIVtPqj
— Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) April 16, 2020
Lee Konitz is gone. Phil Schaap can’t get into the studio to memorialize him. What a world. https://t.co/1kdKAFD0o9
— Adam Pollock (@adamdoesit) April 16, 2020