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Sonny Rollins: Getting It Back Together

The Jazz Video Guy posts his award-winning video of Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins and Bob Cranshaw at the Molde Jazz Festival in Norway

Many thanks to the Jazz Journalists Association for awarding this video, “Best Jazz Short Form Video for 2011.”

I’ve been working with Sonny as his website and new media producer since 2006 and during that time, have produced over one hundred short videos featuring the Saxophone Colossus and his associates. If all these videos were edited together, they would be the equivalent of a documentary feature about Sonny Rollins.

Some people have asked, why not do a feature documentary about Sonny Rollins? Of course I could, but I’ve chosen to use online video, and YouTube in particular, as the medium for my work. Although I love feature length documentaries, the simple truth is that there’s a much larger, global audience accessing online video. Since I started posting my work on YouTube, the over one hundred Sonny Rollins videos have garnered over three million views.

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