Jazz Birthday: Saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins 1930 | September 7, 2012
sonny rollins, pt. 1 (Photo credit: “Cowboy” Ben Alman)
I’ve been in love with Sonny Rollins a long, long time. What tipped me from admiration to adoration was seeing him perform with the Milestone Jazz Stars in the late 1970s: Sonny with McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter and Al Foster. I don’t remember now if it was in Lansing or Ann Arbor, but I’ll never forget the music that was created that night. Sheer magic.
Sonny’s picked up a number of well- deserved “lifetime achievement”-type awards over the last couple of years:
‘Honorary Citizen of the town of Antibes Juan Les Pins’. This medal is a rare and prestigious award. Only two other artists have ever received it, Pablo Picasso and Keith Jarrett.
2012 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Musician of the Year, Tenor Saxophone of the Year and Album of the Year (Road Shows, Vol. 2)
2012 Kennedy Center honors
2010 National Medal of Arts
Let’s celebrate Sonny’s birthday today with a new documentary from the BBC: