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|
|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|
|Website:||Sonny Rollins's Official site|
|Twitter:||Sonny Rollins's Twitter profile|
|IMDb:||Sonny Rollins's IMDb|
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.
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- Recipients of the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class
- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners
- Kennedy Center honorees
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- United States National Medal of Arts recipients
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