Sonny Rollins Receives 2010 Edward MacDowell Medal
Medal ceremony includes concert by Fred Hersch Trio and an art show by local schoolchildren
On August 15, Sonny Rollins was presented with the 2010 Edward MacDowell Medal at a ceremony on the grounds of the MacDowell Artist Colony, in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Jazz writer Gary Giddins introduced Rollins at the ceremony and the outgoing Chairman of the Colony’s Board of Directors, Robert MacNeil, presented Rollins with the medal.
In addition, the ceremony included a performance by the Fred Hersch Trio, with John Hebert and Eric McPherson, as well as an art show of work from elementary school children inspired by jazz and Sonny Rollins.
“Sonny Rollins has been one of the most important influences on me as a jazz improviser,” said MacDowell Colony Fellow and jazz pianist Fred Hersch, in a press release received at JazzTimes. “In his mastery of structure, his extraordinary technique, his flawless sense of rhythm, his respect for melody, his humor, and his humanity, he may be the ultimate jazz artist.”
JazzTimes previewed Rollins’ award in an earlier piece on jazztimes.com.