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Sonny Rollins to Celebrate 80th Birthday with Concert in NYC

Saxophonist announces special guests Jim Hall, Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride for concert at Beacon Theatre on September 10

Sonny Rollins

This is the year that Sonny Rollins turns 80 and he’s celebrating that milestone with a special concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on September 10. He recently announced three of his special guests for that concert-guitarist Jim Hall, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and bassist Christian McBride. Rollins expects to add a few more guests, according to a press release received at JT.

The press release also included comments from Rollins about his announced guests. About Christian McBride, who performed with Rollins and drummer Roy Haynes at a Carnegie Hall concert back in 2007, Rollins said: “The great young bassist is an extraordinarily gifted musician who deserves to play with Sonny Rollins again. He is doing all music–and jazz in particular–proud. All hail.” Roy Hargrove first guested with Rollins in 1991 when the trumpeter was just 21 years old. Shortly after that concert, Hargrove recorded with Rollins on his Here’s to the People album on a cut “Young Roy” that the saxophonist wrote specifically for his protégé. “There is a hallowed legacy that passes down from Louis Armstrong and such,” said Rollins, in the press release. “It must be earned, but has to be bestowed from above, as it were. Roy Hargrove is that chosen one.”

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