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Why not a thread everything Sonny, and just Sonny? I'll start.

Let's rename the Williamsburg Bridge The Sonny Rollins Bridge.

 

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There will always be Sonny!

Sonny endures!

I've been listening to Road Shows Vol. 4 and Sonny Rollins & Co. (from mid-60s).  The latter is a real find, with Sonny doing some very interesting takes on standards (songbook and jazz), and it's good to hear more stuff with Jim Hall in the band.

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We got a Sonny Rollins straat (street) in the city of Utrecht. It’s next to Miles Davis straat, a few blocks away from Lester Young pad (path) and also not far from Ella Fitzgerald plein (square). Never been there but that is one groovy neighborhood :excited:

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it's really too good to be true: google maps on Sonny Rollinsstraat at the crossing where the Ray Connifpad changes its name into Chris Barberpad (only to change its name again into Svend Assmussenpad a corner later when it crosses John Coltranestraat)... (I come to Utrecht from time to time but just spontaneously decided not to visit this neighborhood).

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I'm not usually down with the renaming mania, which we have a lot of in Portland generally and at Multnomah County Library specifically.  but in this case I'm ok with it because there's a real connection between the thing and the person for which it will be renamed.

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5 hours ago, Niko said:

it's really too good to be true: google maps on Sonny Rollinsstraat at the crossing where the Ray Connifpad changes its name into Chris Barberpad (only to change its name again into Svend Assmussenpad a corner later when it crosses John Coltranestraat)... (I come to Utrecht from time to time but just spontaneously decided not to visit this neighborhood).

It is so wonderful to see these jazz greats, and not just Sonny being honored by having a street named after them. 

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Love the great Sonny Rollins, but this thread could be about quite a few musicians:

  1. Theodore "Sonny" Rollins, saxophonist*
  2. Conrad Yeatis "Sonny" Clark, pianist
  3. Sun Ra, aka Le Sony'r Ra, aka Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount, pianist/composer
  4. Frank "Sonny" Dallas, bassist
  5. Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, guitarist
  6. James Marcellus Arthur "Sunny" Murray, drummer*
  7. Huey "Sonny" Simmons, saxophonist*
  8. Edward "Sonny" Stitt, saxophonist
  9. William "Sonny" Criss, saxophonist
  10. Cornelius "Sonny" Fortune, saxophonist/flutist*
  11. Sonny Red, aka Sylvester Kyner Jr., saxophonist
  12. Saul "Sonny" Berman, trumpeter
  13. William Alexander "Sonny" Greer, drummer
  14. Percival "Sonny" Payne, drummer
  15. George "Sonny" Cohn, trumpeter
  16. Herbert Lawrence "Sonny" Greenwich, guitarist*
  17. Sunny Sumter, vocalist/DC Jazz Festival Executive Director*
  18. Sunny Jain, drummer*

 

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21 hours ago, Ted O'Reilly said:

Why the asterisks, gregmo?

I pasted that from a google search that had those. NO idea!!!  :P

 

 

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...maybe there are really *61 of them, including Roger "Sonny" Maris! :D

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Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Designates Major Gift to Oberlin

 

NOVEMBER 13, 2017
By Erich Burnett
portrait of musician Sonny Rollins Photo credit: John Abbott

Newly created Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble Fund will support exemplary conservatory musicians and service efforts.

In a career spanning seven decades, Sonny Rollins has left an indelible mark on the international jazz world.

Now the saxophone legend and composer has done the same for Oberlin.

This fall, Rollins designated a generous gift to Oberlin College for the purpose of establishing and maintaining the Oberlin Conservatory of Music Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble Fund.

A phenom in the jazz world while still in his teens, Rollins was already playing and recording with Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Bud Powell by his early twenties. His gift to Oberlin grew out of his friendship with author and musician James McBride, a 1979 graduate of Oberlin College. The gift was made in recognition of the institution’s long legacy of access and social justice advocacy. In particular, Rollins was moved by Oberlin’s place as the first institution of higher learning to adopt a policy to admit students of color and the first to confer degrees to women, and by the contributions of alumni such as Will Marion Cook, a black violinist and composer who graduated in 1888 and who went on to become an important teacher and mentor to Duke Ellington.

https://www.oberlin.edu/news/jazz-legend-sonny-rollins-designates-major-gift-oberlin

 

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Point being - Sonny has taken care of his money over the years in order to be in a position to do this. One more way that Sonny Rollins has won at life.

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Love what he said about practicing on the bridge. Sonny's amazing. Thanks for posting!

 

 

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only 42 more signatures needed for the petition.

Rename the Williamsburg Bridge as the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge

https://www.change.org/p/new-york-city-council-new-york-state-assembly-senate-rename-the-williamsburg-bridge-as-the-sonny-rollins-williamsburg-bridge?recruiter=259208&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive&sharerUserId=259208

Letter to
New York City Council
New York State Senate
New York State Assembly
New York City Community Boards

We, the undersigned, support renaming the Williamsburg Bridge as the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge in honor of an outstanding New Yorker, the jazz legend Sonny Rollins, who practiced daily on the Williamsburg Bridge from the summer of 1959 to the fall of 1961. At that time, Mr. Rollins was living at 400 Grand Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and through reflection and discipline, adjusted his path and purpose, becoming a model of self-determination and resilience for all New Yorkers.

About the Williamsburg Bridge:
The Williamsburg Bridge is one of the major crossings of the East River, carrying approximately 140,000 motorists, 92,000 transit riders, 600 cyclists, and 500 pedestrians daily between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and serving some of the busiest arteries in New York City. Currently, the bridge carries four two-lane vehicular roadways, a south roadway (inner and outer) and north roadway (inner and outer), with two rapid transit tracks (J, M, and Z subway lines) in between. A walkway and a bikeway also run across the bridge.

About Sonny Rollins: 
Sonny Rollins is a jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and bandleader who has been making music for over six decades. Born in Harlem in 1930, Mr. Rollins is a musical pioneer who has helped jazz bridge the different eras of bebop, hard bop, fusion, free jazz, avant-garde, and post bop. He is considered by many to be the greatest improviser to have ever lived. Rollins is currently 87 years and a living legend from the golden age of jazz. 

About the Sonny Rollins Bridge Project: 
The Sonny Rollins Bridge Project seeks to rename the Williamsburg Bridge to commemorate Rollins’ musical sabbatical there from 1959-1961. The project was begun in March 2016 and the effort has received news coverage around the world, including publications in Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The project is working closely with New York City and State representatives to introduce legislation to officially rename the bridge to the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge.

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A very nice rendition of  "I Should Care."

 

 

 

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I like how Sonny build his solo on this version of Tenor Madness.

 

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I was playing some discs from the complete Prestige recordings and noticed that Sonny debuted  3 of his best known compositions, " Airegin", "Oleo" and "Doxy" in one session-- and he wasn't even the leader!  It was a Miles session for which Sonny supplied three of the four numbers. (George Gershwin wrote the other.) Talk about generous, though I guess Miles returned the favor by recording Oleo several more times (and he didn't even try to claim authorship). 

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Yeah, I've realized that too.  It just as amazing that in 1957 e put out 9 sessions as a leader. 

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17 minutes ago, medjuck said:

I was playing some discs from the complete Prestige recordings and noticed that Sonny debuted  3 of his best known compositions, " Airegin", "Oleo" and "Doxy" in one session-- and he wasn't even the leader!  It was a Miles session for which Sonny supplied three of the four numbers. (George Gershwin wrote the other.) Talk about generous, though I guess Miles returned the favor by recording Oleo several more times (and he didn't even try to claim authorship). 

:D

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