Saxophonist and Miles Davis collaborator Lee Konitz,92, dies of coronavirus complications

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Lee Konitz (Photo: Getty Images)
Lee Konitz (Photo: Getty Images)


Saxophonist and music legend, Lee Konitz has died of coronavirus complications at the age of 92. The Miles Davis collaborator and innovator had a career that spanned more than 70 years. 

Lee died on Wednesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. His son, Josh Konitz, confirmed to the American radio station, NPR that the cause was pneumonia related to Covid-19. 

According to the most recent numbers released by AFP 130 000 people have died of the virus around the world.

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Lee was born in Chicago on 13 October 1927. He was famous for his singular improvisational skills on a great number of records over decades of work.

Some of his most iconic work was when he was part of the Miles Davis Nonet. They recorded a trio of sessions that would become Miles Davis' 1957 album Birth of the Cool. Lee was the last surviving musician who played in those sessions.

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