Sonny Rollins

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Date of Birth September 7, 1930
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Age 90 years old
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Sonny Rollins

Walter Theodore "Sonny" Rollins is an American jazz tenor saxophonist who is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. In a seven-decade career, he has recorded over sixty albums as a leader. A number of his compositions, including "St. Thomas", "Oleo", "Doxy", "Pent-Up House", and "Airegin", have become jazz standards. Rollins has been called "the greatest living improviser" and the "Saxophone Colossus".

Birth name: Walter Theodore Rollins
Born: September 7, 1930, New York City, U.S.
Genres: Jazz, hard bop
Occupation(s): Musician, composer, bandleader
Instruments: Tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Years active: 1947–2012
Labels: Prestige, Blue Note, Contemporary, RCA Victor, Impulse, Milestone, Doxy, Okeh, EmArcy/Doxy
Associated acts: Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, Babs Gonzales, J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Modern Jazz Quartet
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About Sonny Rollins

Grammy Award-winning performer, composer of many well-known jazz standards like "St. Thomas" and "Doxy." He is considered a jazz great.

Sonny Rollins Before Fame

He played in a jazz band in high school and worked on his first recordings in 1949, going on to collaborate with Miles Davis and other famed musicians.

Achievement of Sonny Rollins

His 1956 album Saxophone Colossus was critically acclaimed.

Sonny Rollins Family Life

His wife Lucile passed away in 2004.

Associations of Sonny Rollins

He collaborated with Max Roach on many projects over the years.

Information related to Sonny Rollins

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  • EmArcy Records artists
  • Contemporary Records artists
  • Impulse! Records artists
  • Bebop saxophonists
  • Milestone Records artists
  • African-American jazz composers
  • Hard bop saxophonists
  • Okeh Records artists
  • Prestige Records artists
  • American jazz tenor saxophonists
  • Verve Records artists
  • Recipients of the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners
  • Kennedy Center honorees
  • Blue Note Records artists
  • African-American jazz musicians
  • United States National Medal of Arts recipients
  • American jazz bandleaders
  • RCA Victor artists
  • American jazz composers
Latest information about Sonny Rollins updated on April 19, 2021.

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