Ornette Coleman

Liner Notes

Ornette Coleman

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015

Improvisation in jazz and Ornette Coleman could be considered synonymous. Coleman’s style on alto saxophone led to the genre called free jazz in the 1960s. He’s performed with countltess musicians for more than 60 years.

Lee Konitz

Liner Notes

Lee Konitz

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015

Lee Konitz is an American jazz composer and alto saxophonist, who continues to build space for evolving styles and techniques in his work on the alto-sax. Inspired by Benny Goodman, Konitz carved out a sound that was, at times, contrary to prevailing ideas of what was “cool” in jazz in the shadow of Charlie Parker.

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the importance of Konitz’s life and work, and what his dedication to his craft can teach us about re-inventing our days and selves as we live.