May 20th, 2011
CD Release: Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian “Live at Birdland”

“Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Live at Birdland” was released this week on ECM Records, song samples here, Jazz Times review here. The recording is a compelling document of the once-in-a-lifetime meeting that happened during Birdland’s 60th Anniversary celebration in December, 2009. Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz (pictured with drummer Paul Motian) is one of four living artists including drummer Roy Haynes, pianist Dick Hyman and clarinetist Sol Yaged who played at Birdland’s opening night on December 15th, 1949.