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Saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins honoured with lifetime achievement award

Sonny Rollins receives life achievement accolade at the Kennedy Center Honorees 2011 ceremony,
Sonny Rollins at the Kennedy Center
Jazz saxophone legend Sonny Rollins has won one of the Kennedy Center Honorees 2011 accolades, alongside guitarist Neil Diamond, Meryl Streep and Barbara Cook.

The Saxophone Colossus, who turns 82 next year, continues to perform regularly and has proved hugely influential throughout his career, performing with luminaries such as Miles Davis, Art Taylor and Jacky McLean.

Rollins work includes a number of compositions that have gone on to become jazz standards, such as Oleo, Airegin, Doxy and St Thomas.

British bass player Christian McBride directed the band who played a tribute to Rollins at the Kennedy Center, where he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

President Barack Obama also paid tribute to the musician's earlier career in New York's Harlem, saying: "For a young musician with a big horn and bigger dreams, it was heaven.

"Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins lived around the corner. Sonny learned melody and harmony from Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis was a regular playing partner."

Posted by KTADNFCR-2133-ID-801252341-ADNFCR Posted on 30 Dec 2011 18:25 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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