March 3, 2017

When Miles Davis  chose Lee Konitz for his BIRTH OF THE COOL sessions many were angry. Miles’ answer to their anger tells you why Lee is today’s BBR alto pick:

“So I just told them that if a guy could play as good as Lee Konitz played—that’s who they were mad about most, because there were a lot of black alto players around—I would hire him every time, and I wouldn’t give a damn if he was green with red breath. I’m hiring a motherfucker to play, not for what color he is”

Amazing fact: Lee is still performing today. Catch him to see living music history.

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