Sonny Rollins

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When I was a little kid I tried to sing in front of one of these places on 133rd Street, which years ago used to be a real haven for clubs when people used to come uptown. And Buddy Johnson said he really dug my playing - I was about 12 years old; that was a great feeling. As I grew older, all the great people were living uptown: Coleman Hawkins, Don Redman, Erskine Hawkins, Duke Ellington

Sonny Rollins, jazztimes.com, June 2005

Theodore Walter “Sonny” Rollins (born September 7, 1930) is a jazz tenor saxophonist. Rollins is considered one of the greatest musicians of his age, championing the genre hard bop. Both a protégé of Thelonious Monk and a close friend (and rival) of fellow tenor John Coltrane, Rollins was instrumental in the mid 20th century New York jazz sceneRollins was renowned for his productivity, writing an astounding sixteen albums in the years between 1956 to 1958, most notably the immortal Saxophone Colossus in 1956, and the groundbreaking civil rights album Freedom Suite in 1958. He also worked alongside many jazz heavyweights, including Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, and recorded on the Seminal Rolling Stones album Tattoo You.