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Legendary Saxophonist Sonny Rollins on Broken Record

The Tight Rope

We’re sharing an episode from our friends over at Broken Record. On Broken Record, acclaimed producer Rick Rubin, bestselling author Malcom Gladwell, and former New York Times editor Bruce Headlam talk with the musicians you love about their lives, inspiration, and craft. In honor of Black Music Month this June, we’re sharing Justin Richmond’s conversation with Sonny Rollins.    The legendary saxophonist and composer talks about one of his first big gigs playing alongside other jazz icons like Bud Powell and Fats Navarro. He also explains why he no longer actively listens to music, and for the first time ever, Rollins talks about how Charlie “Bird” Parker is the reason he kicked drugs.    You can hear more from Broken Record at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/brbmm?sid=roperollins.

38mins

22 Jun 2022

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Jazz Beat #59 - Jazz critic Gary Giddins on Sonny Rollins

Jazz Beat

Jazz critic Gary Giddins talks to Tom Reney about Sonny Rollins.

51mins

9 May 2022

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2015.02.09 Andy Caploe on Sonny Rollins - 3 of 3

Deep Focus

There is no living artist in the Jazz firmament more revered than Sonny Rollins.  He is admired for, among other things, eluding his audience's expectations of him.  Never was this more true than on July 19, 1985 when he performed a set entirely unaccompanied in the Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Modern Art.  Listening to this set, the listener gets to hear Sonny working the puzzles, rebuses, puns and equations that inform his best improvisations.  It is as revealing as the glass and steel structure of the modern buildings that surrounded MoMA.   And who was it that invited Sonny Rollins to do that performance? None other than WKCR alumnus Andy Caploe.  On this Deep Focus from 2015, Andy and I listen to that set, as well as some other Rollins prizes from the WKCR archive.  Andy offers memories and insights that can only come from one who was present at the moment of creation.  Trigger warning: Andy and I were having way too much fun.  Our recommendation: join in! On WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 and wckr.org.  Tuesday morning it goes up on the Deep Focus podcast on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/  #WKCR #JazzAlternatives #DeepFocus #SonnyRollins #AndyCaploe #MitchGoldman #JazzRadio #JazzPodcastPhoto credit: Sonny Rollins  by Brianmcmillen at English Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0 creativecommons.org licenses-by-sa-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

39mins

7 Apr 2022

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2015.02.09 Andy Caploe on Sonny Rollins - 2 of 3

Deep Focus

There is no living artist in the Jazz firmament more revered than Sonny Rollins.  He is admired for, among other things, eluding his audience's expectations of him.  Never was this more true than on July 19, 1985 when he performed a set entirely unaccompanied in the Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Modern Art.  Listening to this set, the listener gets to hear Sonny working the puzzles, rebuses, puns and equations that inform his best improvisations.  It is as revealing as the glass and steel structure of the modern buildings that surrounded MoMA.   And who was it that invited Sonny Rollins to do that performance? None other than WKCR alumnus Andy Caploe.  On this Deep Focus from 2015, Andy and I listen to that set, as well as some other Rollins prizes from the WKCR archive.  Andy offers memories and insights that can only come from one who was present at the moment of creation.  Trigger warning: Andy and I were having way too much fun.  Our recommendation: join in! On WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 and wckr.org.  Tuesday morning it goes up on the Deep Focus podcast on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/  #WKCR #JazzAlternatives #DeepFocus #SonnyRollins #AndyCaploe #MitchGoldman #JazzRadio #JazzPodcastPhoto credit: Sonny Rollins  by Brianmcmillen at English Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0 creativecommons.org licenses-by-sa-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

1hr 7mins

3 Apr 2022

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Sax Appeal (Sonny Rollins, Roxy Music and Bruce Springsteen)

Album Nerds

Ah the saxophone, a surprisingly versatile, though often under utilized instrument in modern music. This week we discuss albums that embraced the woodwind to its full potential. Let’s get saxy… Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus (Andy)Roxy Music – Roxy Music (Don)Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Born to Run (Dude) Want to win […]

34mins

22 Mar 2022

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Sonny Rollins

The Jazz Podcast

WALTER THEODORE ROLLINS was born on September 7, 1930 in New York City. He grew up in Harlem not far from the Savoy Ballroom, the Apollo Theatre, and the doorstep of his idol, Coleman Hawkins. After early discovery of Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong, he started out on alto saxophone, inspired by Louis Jordan. At the age of sixteen, he switched to tenor, trying to emulate Hawkins. He also fell under the spell of the musical revolution that surrounded him, bebop. In late 2020, the saxophonist released Rollins in Holland, a 2-CD/3-LP deluxe set via Resonance Records. The collection of unheard live and studio trio recordings from Rollins’s 1967 Netherlands tour feature “take no prisoners” performances with bassist Ruud Jacobs and drummer Han Bennink. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thejazzpodcast)

48mins

5 Mar 2022

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Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus

Songs of Our Own: A Marital Tour of the Music That Shaped Us.

Hi Folks!  And now for something completely different.  For this months episode we listen to a jazz album but not just any jazz album.  We listen to 1956's (or 1957's depending on who you ask) landmark album "Saxophone Colossus" by Sonny Rollins. This album finds Sonny Rollins as bandleader to musicians Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins and Max Roach.  We talk about all of the musicians and all of the songs (there are only five after all). We are excited to share our thoughts with you and hope you enjoy.  Thanks for listening!Intro/Outro Music:Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5011-upbeat-foreverLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

44mins

1 Oct 2021

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Two for Jazz-12-08-2021 Featuring Lee Morgan - Horace Silver Quintet - Sonny Rollins and more

Two for Jazz

Featuring Lee Morgan - Horace Silver Quintet - Sonny Rollins and more

1hr 54mins

14 Aug 2021

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Audio Judo Does Jazz - Sonny Rollins

Pantheon - Home of Music Podcasts

In this episode of Audio Judo Does Jazz, Chris delves in to the life and times of Sonny Rollins, an American jazz tenor saxophonist who is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians of the 20th century.Click here to visit the Audio Judo Does Jazz (AJDJ) websiteWe want to hear from you:Facebook: facebook.com/audiojudodoesjazzTwitter: @audiojudojazzOr email: jazz(at)audiojudo.comFor a direct line to Chris with your questions or comments, email: chris(at)audiojudo.comWe are proud members of the Pantheon Podcast Network. If you like our show check out other music related podcasts at https://www.pantheonpodcasts.comChris' First Tier Sonny Rollins' Albums: Saxophone Colossus Tour De Force Moving Out Chris' Second Tier: The Sound of Sonny Sonny Rollins, Volume 2 (on Blue Note) Live At The Village Vanguard The Bridge Chris' Third Tier:Everything else he recorded in the 1950’s (including Newk’s Time and Freedom Suite)Albums He played with Others That Are Worth A Listen: Dig – w/Miles Davis Bag’s Groove – w/ Miles Davis Monk – w/ Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins – w/Thelonious Monk Clifford Brown & Max Roach At Basin Street – w/Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

21 Jul 2021

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Sonny Rollins - Audio Judo Does Jazz

Audio Judo Does Jazz

In this episode of Audio Judo Does Jazz, Chris delves in to the life and times of Sonny Rollins, an American jazz tenor saxophonist who is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians of the 20th century.Click here to visit the Audio Judo Does Jazz (AJDJ) websiteWe want to hear from you:Facebook: facebook.com/audiojudodoesjazzTwitter: @audiojudojazzOr email: jazz(at)audiojudo.comFor a direct line to Chris with your questions or comments, email: chris(at)audiojudo.comWe are proud members of the Pantheon Podcast Network. If you like our show check out other music related podcasts at https://www.pantheonpodcasts.comChris' First Tier Sonny Rollins' Albums: Saxophone Colossus Tour De Force Moving Out Chris' Second Tier: The Sound of Sonny Sonny Rollins, Volume 2 (on Blue Note) Live At The Village Vanguard The Bridge Chris' Third Tier:Everything else he recorded in the 1950’s (including Newk’s Time and Freedom Suite)Albums He played with Others That Are Worth A Listen: Dig – w/Miles Davis Bag’s Groove – w/ Miles Davis Monk – w/ Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins – w/Thelonious Monk Clifford Brown & Max Roach At Basin Street – w/Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

21 Jul 2021

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