Cherokee

Lee Konitz

Lee Konitz plays Ray Noble

Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz delivers a solo performance in 2012.

The tune “Cherokee” was composed by Ray Noble in 1938 and has since become a jazz standard.

First inspired by listening to Benny Goodman on the radio as a boy, Lee Konitz started out playing clarinet and grew to be among the few saxophonists to resist the stylistic changes introduced by Charlie Parker, retaining the distinctive sound of the 1940s.

Considered one of the driving forces of Cool Jazz, Konitz has also since performed successfully in bebop and avant-garde settings.