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September 22, 2011
Sonny Rollins Where and when: 8 p.m. Thursday; UCLA Live, Royce Hall Tickets: $30-$105 Information: http://www.uclalive.org Where and when: 4 p.m. Sunday; Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa Tickets: $25-$66 Information: http://www.scfta.org
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March 14, 2014 | By Chris Barton
The spring reliably brings a fresh crop of music, and a new live release from saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins (May 6) and from the ongoing "Miles Davis Bootleg Series" drawn from his epic run of Fillmore dates in 1970 (March 25) are just a few albums worth investigating. Here is a selection of concerts sure to put a spring in your step: Joshua Redman Quartet, Brad Mehldau Trio: A pair of like-minded artists who completed each other's musical sentences on Mehldau's orchestral "Highway Rider" project and Redman's like-minded "Walking Shadow," the two heavyweights of contemporary jazz come together.
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May 15, 2010
Sonny Rollins Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday Price: $45.50 to $115.75 Info: (323) 850-2000; http://www.laphil.com
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December 10, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Guitarist Jim Hall, an understated yet profoundly influential presence on jazz guitar, died in his sleep Tuesday morning at his New York City home. He was 83. Hall, whose career began in the '50s as part of the West Coast jazz scene with Jimmy Giuffre and Chico Hamilton, recorded with wealth of jazz royalty over his career, including Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins, who worked with Hall on his landmark 1962 album "The Bridge" as well as his celebrated 2011 live release, "Road Shows Vol 2. " The guitarist led his own trio since the '60s, and continued to maintain a busy recording and touring schedule.
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March 5, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Impassioned L.A. fans of Sonny Rollins (you know who you are) may have to wait a while longer to hear the legendary jazz saxophonist perform live at a venue near us. Rollins has posted on his website and Facebook that he's been under the weather and that he's canceling some of his scheduled live gigs this spring. Presumably that would include a planned April 20 concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge. On his website, Rollins writes: "I'[ve] come up with a respiratory problem, and I have to cancel some upcoming shows.
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June 12, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Los Angeles-area jazz fans looking for a reason to escape our hottest months will have ample reasons to trek north on the Golden State Freeway beginning in August with the recently announced lineup of the 30th San Francisco Jazz Festival. Less of a traditional festival than it is the fall-to-winter programming season for SFJAZZ, the city's year-round jazz presenting organization, the festival is the last before the much-anticipated opening of the multimillion-dollar SFJAZZ Center, which is scheduled to open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2013.
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September 22, 2011 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
About two weeks ago, he turned 81. That same day, he became just the fifth jazz musician in the last decade to win a Kennedy Center Honor. And this week, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins travels from his home in upstate New York to perform at UCLA's Royce Hall and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Makes you wonder: Doesn't he ever just say, I'm Sonny Rollins — I don't need to do this anymore? "I am Sonny Rollins — right," he replies. "But I'm not the Sonny Rollins I want to be. I'm still trying to get a little further along the road of perfection, or salvation.
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May 15, 2010 | By Andrew Gilbert, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the mid-1950s, through the sheer gale force of his surging theme-and-variation solos, Sonny Rollins turned the tenor saxophone into jazz's iconic horn. Before Rollins, the trumpet and alto saxophone shared pride of place in jazz's frontline with the tenor. That's not to disregard the seminal contributions of tenor patriarch Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young's cool revolution, or Dexter Gordon's relaxed bebop swagger. The Harlem-raised Rollins, who performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday night, is the first to acknowledge that he came into his own in the midst of a golden age, when singular masters representing jazz's entire history were active and accessible.
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September 24, 1990 | DON HECKMAN
"Saxophone Colossus" is what Sonny Rollins was often called in the 1950s. And the appellation made sense during an era in which his music overlooked the jazz world with the vast presence of the legendary statue of Rhodes. Today, at 60, Rollins is still arguably the finest jazz saxophonist in the universe--despite the growing importance of such players as Branford Marsalis and Michael Brecker.
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August 3, 1997 | Don Heckman
When Sonny Rollins signed with RCA in 1961, it represented a return to recording after a hiatus of more than a year. His absence from activity during the period was accompanied by endless rumors about what Rollins--arguably one of the two or three most admired saxophonists in jazz at the time of his brief retirement--had been doing. Tales were heard about practice sessions on one of the bridges above Manhattan's East River.
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March 5, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Impassioned L.A. fans of Sonny Rollins (you know who you are) may have to wait a while longer to hear the legendary jazz saxophonist perform live at a venue near us. Rollins has posted on his website and Facebook that he's been under the weather and that he's canceling some of his scheduled live gigs this spring. Presumably that would include a planned April 20 concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge. On his website, Rollins writes: "I'[ve] come up with a respiratory problem, and I have to cancel some upcoming shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Los Angeles-area jazz fans looking for a reason to escape our hottest months will have ample reasons to trek north on the Golden State Freeway beginning in August with the recently announced lineup of the 30th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. Less of a traditional festival than it is the fall to winter programming season for SFJAZZ, the city's year-round jazz presenting organization, the festival is the last before the much-anticipated opening of the multi-million dollar SFJAZZ Center, which is scheduled to open onMartin Luther King Jr.Dayin 2013.
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December 25, 2011
SUNDAY Owners and players were naughty, but hoops fans must have been awfully nice, because "NBA Basketball" is finally back, baby. And that includes the Lakers battling the Bulls and the Clippers facing the Warriors. (ABC, 2 p.m.; ESPN, FS Prime, 7:30 p.m.) Fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la! Yuletide carols ancient and otherwise will be trolled at the "52nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration," a reprise of the homegrown Christmas Eve event held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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December 5, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
Washington turned off the rancor and partisan fighting on Sunday to show it can still unite behind something: A Neil Diamond sing-along. The button-down crowd at the Kennedy Center loosened up the black ties for a rousing rendition of Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," as the power pop, camp-inclined performer and songwriter was officially branded a national cultural treasure at the Kennedy Center Honors gala. Meryl Streep, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Broadway star Barbara Cook joined Diamond in the lineup of honorees at Washington's annual salute to the performing arts.
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September 22, 2011
Sonny Rollins Where and when: 8 p.m. Thursday; UCLA Live, Royce Hall Tickets: $30-$105 Information: http://www.uclalive.org Where and when: 4 p.m. Sunday; Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa Tickets: $25-$66 Information: http://www.scfta.org
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September 22, 2011 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
About two weeks ago, he turned 81. That same day, he became just the fifth jazz musician in the last decade to win a Kennedy Center Honor. And this week, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins travels from his home in upstate New York to perform at UCLA's Royce Hall and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Makes you wonder: Doesn't he ever just say, I'm Sonny Rollins — I don't need to do this anymore? "I am Sonny Rollins — right," he replies. "But I'm not the Sonny Rollins I want to be. I'm still trying to get a little further along the road of perfection, or salvation.
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February 17, 1987 | A. JAMES LISKA
When last heard, Sonny Rollins was trying to bridge the gap between the contemporary rock feel and the hard-driving traditions the tenor saxophonist had established nearly three decades ago. Sunday night at the Palace, Rollins, working with a foursome of talented young players, abandoned such bridge-gapping notions, choosing, rather, to concentrate on brightly rhythmic swing and calypso tunes. Unfortunately, nobody bothered to inform the theater's sound man.
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July 23, 2011
Joe Lee Wilson, 75, a jazz vocalist who performed with saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Archie Shepp and trumpeters Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard and hosted a thriving loft club in New York City in the 1970s, died July 17 at his home in Brighton, England, said his daughter, Naima Wilson of Los Angeles. He had a heart ailment. Born in Briscow, Okla., on Dec. 22, 1935, Wilson moved to Los Angeles as a teenager. He studied classical singing, then jazz, while attending Los Angeles City College.
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