Writings about Music

Konitz Coin Ring

Lee and Gundula Konitz on 13 October 2019, his birthday. (Photo by Michael Robinson)


Showed Lee Konitz a 1927 coin ring, how I thought of him when I wore it, this being his birth year. There's a Native American on the coin, too, Cherokee being a favorite of Lee.

Above, my photo of Lee and his wife, Gundula, taken that day, 13 October 2019, Lee's birthday. Saying goodbye, the last thing Gundula said was, "Take care of that ring!"

Another favorite memory is the day Lee and I went swimming in the Hollywood mountains where he did the backstroke backwards and spoke French.

- Michael Robinson, May 2020, Los Angeles


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Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer (musicologist).