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Sonny Rollins will decrease ever sold as not merely the solitary most long lasting tenor saxophonist from the bebop and hard bop era, but additionally among the very best modern jazz saxophonists of these all. His liquid and harmonically innovative suggestions, effortless way, and very easily identifiable and available sound have affected decades of performers, but also have fueled the idea that mainstream jazz music could be broadly enjoyed, acknowledged, and proliferated. Given birth to Theodore Walter Rollins in NEW YORK on Sept 7, 1930, he previously an older sibling who performed violin. At age group nine he used piano lessons but discontinued them, used the alto saxophone in senior high school, and turned to tenor after senior high school, performing regional engagements. In 1948 he documented with vocalist Babs Gonzales, after that Bud Powell and Body fat Navarro, and his 1st structure, “Audubon,” was documented by J.J. Johnson. Quickly thereafter, Rollins produced the rounds quickly with organizations led by Tadd Dameron, Chicago drummer Ike Day time, and Kilometers Davis in 1951, accompanied by his personal recordings with Kenny Drew, Kenny Dorham, and Thelonious Monk. In 1956 Rollins produced his biggest move, becoming a member of the popular ensemble of Maximum Roach and Clifford Dark brown, then created his personal famous pianoless trio with bassist Wilbur Ware or Donald Bailey and drummer Elvin Jones or Pete La Roca in 1957, performing recorded sessions in the Town Vanguard. Awards originated from DownBeat and Playboy publications, and recordings had been done generally for the Prestige and Riverside brands, also for Verve, Blue Be aware, Columbia, and Modern Information, all coinciding using the progressively rising superstar of Rollins. Pivotal albums such as for example Tenor Madness (with John Coltrane), Saxophone Colossus (with longstanding partner Tommy Flanagan), and WAY TO AVOID IT Western world (with Ray Dark brown and Shelly Manne), and collaborations with the present day Jazz Quartet, Clark Terry, and Sonny Clark tightly established Rollins being a real superstar. He also obtained the nickname “Newk” for his cosmetic resemblance to Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe. But between 1959 and 1961 he searched for a much less superficial, more religious way to the corporate jungle society of the days, going to Japan and India, learning yoga exercise and Zen. He remaining the music business until 1962, when he came back using the groundbreaking and in lots of ways revolutionary documenting The Bridge with guitarist Jim Hall for the RCA Victor/Bluebird label. Rollins struck up an operating romantic relationship with trumpeter Don Cherry; do a small number of innovative LPs for the RCA Victor, MGM/Metro Jazz, and Impulse! brands; do one record along with his hero Coleman Hawkins; and still left the scene once again in 1968. By 1971 he returned with a restored feeling of vigor and satisfaction, and released a string of effective information for the Milestone label that bridged the space between the modern and fusion jazz of that time period, the most unforgettable becoming his live day from your 1974 Montreux Jazz Event, The LEADING EDGE. Merging jazz with calypso, light funk, and post-bop, the profession of Rollins not merely was revived, but thrived from after that onward. He was an associate from the touring Milestone Jazz Celebrities in 1978 with McCoy Tyner and Ron Carter, and obtained momentum like a touring headliner and event showstopper. His finest Milestone recordings of the next 1 / 2 of his profession consist of Easy Living, Don’t Quit the Carnival, G-Man, Aged Flames, Plus Three, Global Warming, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I REALLY DO, and With out a Track: The 9/11 Concert. He spent some time working extensively with street and recording rings which have included such performers as electrical bass guitarist Bob Cranshaw; trombonist Clifton Anderson; pianists Tommy Flanagan and Stephen Scott; keyboardist Tag Soskin; guitarists Bobby Broom and Jerome Harris; percussionist Kimati Dinizulu; and drummers Jack port DeJohnette, Perry Wilson, Steve Jordan, and Al Foster. Rollins created his personal record label, Doxy, by which he released the Compact disc Sonny, Make sure you in 2006. Well into his 8th decade, Rollins continuing to perform world-wide, and was noted in the three-volume Road Present series, also released on Doxy.

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Full Name Sonny Rollins
Profession Composer, Bandleader, Saxophonist
Education Benjamin Franklin High School
Nationality American
Spouse Lucille Pearson
Parents Walter William Rollins, Valborg Rollins
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Music Songs St. Thomas, Without a Song, Die Moritat von Mackie Messer A Theme From "The Threepenny Opera", Sonnymoon for Two, You Don't Know What Love Is, Pent-Up House, God Bless the Child, Alfie's Theme, In a Sentimental Mood, Doxy, Oleo, Blue 7, Valse Hot, I'm An Old Cowhand, Tenor Madness, Airegin, It Could Happen to You, The Freedom Suite, No Moe, Funky Hotel Blues, I've Told Ev'ry Little Star, There Is No Greater Love, The Surrey With the Fringe on Top, The Everywhere Calypso, Strode Rode, Hold 'em Joe, Count Your Blessings, Someday I'll Find You, Autumn Nocturne, Disco Monk, The Last Time I Saw Paris, When Your Lover Has Gone
Albums Saxophone Colossus, Way Out West, The Bridge, Newk's Time, Freedom Suite, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins, Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet, Sonny Rollins Plus 4, Sonny Side Up, Sonny Meets Hawk!, Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2, The Sound of Sonny, East Broadway Run Down, What's New?, Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders, Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass, Alfie, Moving Out, Horn Culture, Sonny Rollins, Volume 1, Our Man in Jazz, Sonny Rollins on Impulse!, Now's the Time, Tour de Force, Old Flames, G-Man, Easy Living, Here's to the People, Sonny, Please, Dancing in the Dark, Sunny Days, Starry Nights, Falling in Love with Jazz, The Standard Sonny Rollins, Global Warming, The Solo Album, Reel Life, Complete Sonny Rollins In Japan (Live), Road Shows, Vol.1, Nucleus, Tokyo 1963, Don't Stop the Carnival, The Prestige Years, I Love..., Days To Come, 40 Essentials of Sonny Rollins (Mono Version), Live In London - Vol. 1, At Music Inn, My Reverie
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album, NME Award for World Male Singer, NME Award for World Musical Personality, Echo Award for Jazz Production
Movies A Great Day in Harlem, Alfie, SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, Jazz Icons: Sonny Rollins: Live in '65 & '68, Sonny Rollins & Jim Hall: The Bridge, Sonny Rollins: In Vienne


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1 Recipient of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, and Meryl Streep.
2 He was awarded the 2010 National Medal of Arts for his contributions to American jazz music. He was one of the most important and influential jazz musicians of the post-bebop era, his melodic sensibilities, playing style, and solos have delighted audiences and influenced generations of musicians for over 50 years.
3 Jazz tenor saxophonist, leader and composer.
4 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999.
5 Jazz musician.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bosch TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016 writer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016
Forever 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Big Eyes 2014/I writer: "Doxy"
The 50 Year Argument 2014 Documentary performer: "Bags' Groove"
Bi no tsubo TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary writer: "Don't Stop the Carnival"
The Switch 2010/I performer: "Paul's Pal" / writer: "Paul's Pal"
Treme TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
United States of Tara 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "I'm an Old Cowhand"
My One and Only 2009 performer: "Paul's Pal" / writer: "Paul's Pal"
Sonny Rollins: Live in '65 & '68 2008 Video music: "St. Thomas", "Oleo" / performer: "There Will Never Be Another You", "St. Thomas", "Oleo", "Darn That Dream", "Three Little Words", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Four"
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game performer: "St. Thomas" / writer: "St. Thomas" - as S. Rollins
Brando 2007 TV Movie documentary performer: "St. Thomas" / writer: "St. Thomas", "Airegin"
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Crossing Jordan TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Livshunger 2002 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 performer: "TENOR MADNESS" / writer: "TENOR MADNESS", "PENT-UP HOUSE"
Metro 1997 performer: "POOR BUTTERFLY"
Familia 1996 "Pent-up House"
Kids 1995 performer: "Dancing in the Dark"
Bottle Rocket 1994 Short performer: "Old Devil Moon"
Working Girl 1988 writer: "St. Thomas"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes 2014 Documentary
Indelible Evidence 1986 TV Series documentary
Saxophone Colossus 1986
Alfie 1966 music by

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Familia 1996 composer: song "Pent-up House"
Billy 1992 TV Series composer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity 2017 Documentary Himself
Chasing Trane: John Coltrane Feature Documentary 2016 Documentary Himself
Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes 2014 Documentary Himself
The Simpsons 2013 TV Series Himself
Arena 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2011 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
Ànima 2010 TV Series Himself
Miradas 2 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Texas Monthly Talks 2009 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
The Jazz Baroness 2009 Documentary Himself - interviewed
Sonny Rollins: Live in '65 & '68 2008 Video Himself / Saxophone
Jim Hall: A Life in Progress 1998 Documentary Himself
A Great Day in Harlem 1994 Documentary Himself
Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story 1992 Documentary Himself
Omnibus 1989 TV Series documentary
Saxophone Colossus 1986 Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1979 TV Series Himself
Le grand échiquier 1975 TV Series Himself
Sonny Rollins: Live at Loren 1973 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show Alfie (1966)


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1 I've always felt a little bit restricted in a studio, at least when the technology came out and you can overdub and change your original statement. So then I think I got spooked and I began trying to do everything perfectly.


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