American jazz saxophonist Li Konitz died April 15, 2020 at the age of 92 in a hospital in New York City. According to the NPR, citing the son of the late Josh Konitz, the cause of death was pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.
Born in Chicago in 1927, Lee began learning to play the clarinet as a child, then replaced it with a saxophone. Konic played in the orchestras of Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton, performed with Lenny Tristano, Warn Marsh, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis. Lee was the last surviving musician to record Davis’ legendary 1957 album Birth of the Cool. During his 70-year career, Konitz has recorded over a hundred albums. The musician was awarded the Jazz Masters Award in 2009 and was named Best Alto Saxophonist in 2010 by Downbeat magazine.