Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Supervisor

Graham Wood


The following dissertation seeks to provide a detailed introduction to the musical language and body of work of the American saxophonist Lee Konitz. It aims to investigate and gain an understanding of the musical language of one of the jazz idioms most unique improvisers, and will do this by firstly discussing Kanitz's life and career in order to contextualize his music. The work will then examine his major musical influences in some detail, to gain an understanding of how his highly original style developed. Finally, through transcription and analysis, it will investigate the techniques of Kanitz's musical language and will examine his influence upon the jazz idiom. Being a dissertation that relates to a performance degree, the work will include some reflections on how Konitz has influenced my own playing.

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