Successful bandleader, composer, and saxophonist known for his distinct cool jazz sound.
He was inspired to play music by listening to big swing bands and was invited to play with the Teddy Powell Band in 1945.
He performed with Miles Davis and the sessions they recorded were released on The Birth of Cool.
He was born and raised in Chicago.
Konitz has collaborated on many recordings as a bandleader, including work with Dave Brubeck.