LIVE: Empire Jazz Orchestra & Lee Konitz @ SCCC, 4/12/11

May 3rd, 2011, 5:30 pm by Greg
Lee Konitz

The Empire Jazz Orchestra and Lee Konitz

Usually, the Empire Jazz Orchestra simply blows the roof off the place.

And this spring’s Jazz Masters concert displayed plenty of big band muscle. But this time around, there was a lot more to it than just that.

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Live: The Lee Konitz Quartet @ the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, 9/10/10

September 15th, 2010, 4:15 pm by Greg

The Lee Konitz Quartet

The Lee Konitz Quartet

Saxophonist Lee Konitz, opened the fall session of A Place for Jazz on Friday night, filling the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome with a thoroughly adventurous sound. Konitz is well known to jazz audiences for his role in the Cool Jazz Movement with pianist Lennie Tristano. The veteran saxman was also on the landmark album “Birth of the Cool” by Miles Davis.

Since then, Konitz has followed his own way through jazz, often taking an avant garde approach to traditional jazz standards.

Known for recording duets together, Konitz and pianist Dan Tepfer blended the First Unitarian Society’s church organ timbres against the rich, mellow tones of the alto saxophone to open the first set. Bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller added their talents to the mix once Tepfer moved to the grand piano.

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