Unfortunately, due to health reasons Lee Konitz won't be able to come to Rotterdam. The show will now be Tomasz Stanko Quintet featuring Chris Potter, Jim Black, Craig Taborn and Chris Lightcap.
A piece of living jazz history. Lee Konitz (1927) has played with jazz giants like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker and he is still touring the globe. In his youth, the saxophonist mainly listened to Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter. The latter for the way in which he improvised, the former for his sound. Konitz later worked with Stan Kenton, Lenny Tristano, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans and many other big names. This time, he will be performing with Polish star trumpeter Tomasz Stanko (1942). Stanko too is an idiosyncratic jazz man and thus a highly suitable sparring partner for Konitz. At a young age Stanko formed the Jazz Darings, considered by many to be one of the earliest free-jazz groups, and he later played for many years with pianist Krzysztof Komeda. It was there, he says, that he learned all about harmony and the structure of music. The Lee Konitz/Thomasz Stanko Group has a true all-star lineup of tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, Craig Taborn (keyboards), Thomas Morgan (bass) and Jim Black (drums).