Monthly Archives: January 2012

[VIDEO] Sonny Rollins @ 2011 Kennedy Center Honors

The great Sonny Rollins was among the artists at 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. Fellow honorees included actress Barbara Cook, singer Neil Diamond, celloist Yo-Yo Ma, and Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep. The program was broadcast on CBS on Dec 27th. Here’s a look at the segment on Sonny which was highlighted by a video segment on his career narrated by Bill Cosby. Here’s a look:

Congratulations to Sonny and all the artists whose contributions were recognized.

Sam Rivers Dies at 88

By NATE CHINEN, New York Times

Sam Rivers, an inexhaustibly creative saxophonist, flutist, bandleader and composer who cut his own decisive path through the jazz world, spearheading the 1970s loft scene in New York and later establishing a rugged outpost in Florida, died on Monday in Orlando, Fla. He was 88.

The cause was pneumonia, his daughter Monique Rivers Williams said.

With an approach to improvisation that was garrulous and uninhibited but firmly grounded in intellect and technique, Mr. Rivers was among the leading figures in the postwar jazz avant-garde. His sound on the tenor saxophone, his primary instrument, was distinctive: taut and throaty, slightly burred, dark-hued. He also had a recognizable voice on the soprano saxophone, flute and piano, and as a composer and arranger.

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