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Sonny Rollins Honored Again

Saxophonist receives National Medal of Arts at White House

Sonny Rollins and Bob Cranshaw at the Molde Jazz Festival in Norway
Sonny Rollins receives the 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on March 2, 2011.
Quincy Jones receives the 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on March 2, 2011

The high honors, perhaps long overdue, keep on rolling in for saxophonist Sonny Rollins. His historic 80th birthday concert in New York’s Town Hall three nights after his September 7 birthday was one of the top jazz events of 2010

Then you add in Edward MacDowell Medal, a lifetime achievement award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival, being the subject of an artful and insightful book (John Abbott and Blumenthal’s Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins) and induction into to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary society.

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