Sonny Rollins: Iconic Jazz Saxophonist at the Kennedy Center
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In "one brief shining moment," Camelot makes its Kennedy Center debut as a concert event starring famed British musical star Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins) and Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime, Glee). One of the most beloved musicals of a generation -- and one that's fittingly associated with the presidency of John F. Kennedy -- it's the timeless story of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, the trusted Sir Lancelot and all the knights of the Round Table as they struggle with chivalry, bravery and destiny. Lerner & Loewe's memorable score, featuring such cherished songs as "If Ever I Would Leave You" and "How to Handle a Woman," is sure to enchant under the baton of conductor James Moore and the National Symphony Orchestra. Learn More
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In a packed concert hall at the John F. Kennedy Center last night, Sonny Rollins showed that he is still the Saxophone Colossus at the age of seventy-nine. Limping on stage in a white jacket and sun glasses, Mr. Rollins was greeted by an up-roaring crowd and standing ovation. He wasted no time charging his bop licks over an uptempo rhythm provided by Kobie Watkins (drums), Victor Y. See Yuen (percussion), Bob Cranshaw (electric bass), and Bobby Broom (guitar). Clifton Anderson added the rough, deep trombone sound to the septet.
Mr. Rollins then ripped through the bluesy “Heaven In the Sky” like a young man with a wounded soul. He also poured his heart out on a sentimental tribute to “J. J. Johnson.” The band members are mostly younger than Mr. Rollins and they sure kept him active. Drummer Kobie Watkins played as if he meant rhythm he hit. The passion and emotion expressed on his face were a joy to watch.
Mr. Rollins and his band closed out the night with a highly groovy tune that had a Caribbean flavor to it. Some of the audience members got up and danced along with Mr. Rollins improvisation and interaction. Once again, the crowd cheered on as they exited the stage. Even without an encore, the show was mesmerizing.
The ‘Saxophone Colossus’ returns! One of the rare survivors from a truly golden age of jazz, Rollins’ sinewy, mercurial tenor redefined the term ‘solo’ for sax players everywhere. Iconoclastic, free-spirited and never one to rest easy, this Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner continues to set the bar and inspire generations of jazz musicians.
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