04/12/12

Sonny Fortune Saluted Tonight in NYC

Tonight, the Jack Kleinsinger-founded Highlights in Jazz series honors sax player Sonny Fortune. The tribute will be hosted at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan at 8 p.m., and will feature George Cables, Buster Williams, Billy Hart, Robin Eubanks and Lew Soloff.

Fortune was born in 1939 in Philadelphia and moved to New York City in 1967. He has recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Frank Foster, Mongo Santamaria and Buddy Rich and has released over a dozen albums as a leader, including records for Blue Note. A headliner of the first Chicago Playboy Jazz Festival, Sonny continues to tour.

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Kleinsinger has been hosting jazz concerts for almost 40 years. The former assistant attorney general for New York and a lifelong jazz enthusiast, he created the Highlights in Jazz series in 1974 and every year since has used it to honor living jazz legends. Past Highlights honorees include Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge, Frank Wess and Roy Haynes, among many others.

Tickets are $40—$37.50 for students—and can be obtained through the venue’s official site, or by calling the Tribeca box office at (212) 220-1460.

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