CERRITOS, CA – When Sonny Rollins picks up the tenor saxophone, the world listens. One of the last of a generation of Jazz giants, Rollins has illuminated the music scene for more than 50 years. Now the Grammy award-winning musician brings his saxophone magic to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) in An Evening With Sonny Rollins on Saturday, April 5, 8:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at
. Ticket prices range from $60-$36.
SONNY ROLLINS is known as the “Saxophone Colossus.” In 2005 he received a Grammy Award for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” for Why Was I Born?, a track from his milestone CD Without a Song – The 9/11 Concert. He also received a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2004 and a Grammy Award for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group” for This Is What I Do in 2001.
Born in 1930, Rollins was already playing professional gigs by the time he was in high school, jamming with future luminaries such as Thelonious Monk. In Harlem, New York, Rollins’ contemporaries included Jackie McLean, Kenny Drew, and Art Taylor. From this core of future Jazz superstars, Rollins was the first to break through by recording tracks with Babs Gonzales, J.J. Johnson, Bud Powell, and Miles Davis, all before he was 20 years old.
By the early 1950s, Rollins was recognized as one of the most sought-after tenor saxophone players on the Jazz scene, performing with Davis, Monk, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. At the height of his career, Rollins decided to take a hiatus from music in 1959, and traveled to India to study yoga, a practice that has become an intrinsic part of his life. He resurfaced on the music scene in the early 1970s, and has maintained a steady schedule of recording and performing. Throughout the years he has been influenced by the sounds of R&B, Pop, and World music, but his allegiance to the Hard Bop tradition has endured.
Throughout the past decade Rollins has remained at the forefront of the Jazz music scene. Recordings such as his 1996 Plus Three, his 1998 Global Warming, and his 2000 This Is What I Do show Rollins is as vital a force in Jazz today as he was 50 years ago.
Tickets are now on sale for An Evening With Sonny Rollins at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, on Saturday, April 5. For tickets call the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at (562) 467-8818 or go to
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