This week, alto saxophonist and octogenarian Lee Konitz is performing at the Village Vanguard with a multi-generational trio of likeminded musicians. Konitz, who is 82, has been looking for ways to refashion standard jazz repertoire since the 1940s, when he rose to prominence alongside pianist Lennie Tristano and tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh.
Joining him now are drummer Matt Wilson, 45, and pianist Dan Tepfer, who is 27. All three of them, despite their age range, share a youthful knack for quirky experimentalism within a well-worn genre.
Listen to their first set of their show on Wednesday, January 20th, recorded by NPR and WBGO. The highlight: an exceptionally beautiful version of the ballad "Darn That Dream." Also, read these reflections on Konitz' late career style on A Blog Supreme.
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