Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer Duo

Copenhagen Jazz festival 2017

Wednesday 12 July 2017 at 20:00 The Queen's Hall
Copenhagen Jazz Festival present Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer Duo
Copenhagen Jazz Festival present Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer Duo


Standard 240 kr.
Diamantklub 190 kr.
Studerende 130 kr.


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Cool jazz from a living legend 

Lee Konitz was born in Chicago in 1927 and, with a musical career stretching over more than 70 years, he has thus been centrally placed in several of the epoch-making genres of jazz, such as bebop, cool and avant-garde.

Furthermore, he was a member of the Miles Davis’ Birth of Cool ensemble. Konitz made a name for himself with the alto saxophone as his main instrument in the 1940s, which was quite an achievement, considering that Charlie Parker was considered to be the paramount saxophonist at the time.

But with a more airy and lighter tone than Parker, Konitz established himself with his own style, one that has influenced many younger saxophonists. 

Despite his ripe old age, Konitz is still full of life and loves to play. He often plays with younger musicians, as in this evening’s programme, where he forms a duo with the French-American jazz pianist Dan Tepfer. Their cooperation started back in 2009 and has since resulted in, among other things, the fine documentary film All The Things You Are, which follows the duo on a tour of France. Link to the documentary: https://youtu.be/oGSIQo0i8GY

Already early on in his career, Konitz experimented with free improvisation, inspired by Lennie Tristano, who was his mentor. Konitz often returns, however, to jazz standards and well-known chord progressions.

As he himself says: ‘I just enjoy playing on a familiar structure, a good chord progression, and a fine tune. Playing totally free on the Tristano thing it almost sounds like classical music. It doesn't really get into a tempo or anything like that. I like that sometimes, like starting out a set that way, something spontaneous, but that'll lead to someone playing the melody and we'll go there. And I prefer to get into swing at some point.’

Konitz has played together with a whole host of prominent jazz musicians, such as Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus, Gill Evans and Chick Corea. In addition he has cooperated with several Nordic jazz musicians, including the Danish jazz guitar player Jakob Bro.