The death of Lee Konitz in April of this year as a result of the COVID-19 virus has deeply saddened me.  The jazz world has lost some great artists due to the pandemic, and I have been personally touched first by the passing of Bucky Pizzarelli, a former teacher at William Paterson, and then Lee.

I have been a student of Lee’s music for the last 40 years and got to know him through our mutual associations with Sonny Dallas and Warne Marsh.  He was a great artist, role model, and inspiration to all of us.  As his career progressed into his nineties I compared him in my mind to Pablo Casals and Arthur Rubinstein, great artists who played well into their late years.

Here’s to the memory of Lee Konitz, it is an obvious understatement to say that he will not be forgotten.