National Medal of Arts Ceremony, White House, March 2, 2011.
"I'm a legend, whether I want to be or not."
Sonny and John Abbott's dog, Dizzy. You can purchase a custom print of this photo in Sonny's shop.
Roy Haynes and Sonny Rollins first recorded together in 1949 with Bud Powell on "Bouncing with Bud." Sonny was 19. Roy was 24.
“I am always happy to be practicing. Period. I enjoy just playing my horn and going into the type of meditation that playing involves. It puts me mentally in a place that is always transcendent and above real life. I love playing just for myself. It’s a great experience.”
Ornette Coleman was a special guest at Sonny's 80th Birthday concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York.
"One very important thing I learned from Monk was his complete dedication to music. That was his reason for being alive. Nothing else mattered except music, really."
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