SONNY ROLLINS' 80TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT
SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010, 7:00 PM
BOSTON SYMPHONY HALL
The last jazz immortal" --THE VILLAGE VOICE
Nobody rivals his fluid mastery of the tenor sax." --BOSTON GLOBE
Executing the impossible--shaping cogent poetic musical architecture on the tenor saxophone while navigating the high wire night after night--is the operative trope of Rollin's astonishing career." --DOWN BEAT
He is still at the top of his game." --THE GLOBE AND THE MAIL
Boston, MA--Absolutely Live Entertainment, LLC will present Sonny Rollins' 80th Birthday Concert on Sunday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Boston Symphony Hall, located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue. Tickets at $65.00, $50.00, $40.00 and $30.00 are be on sale now at bostonsymphonyhall.org or by calling 888-266-1200. Symphony Hall box office is located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts.
Sonny Rollins has just won the 51st Edward MacDowell Medal from the MacDowell Colony, the nation's leading artist residency program. The MacDowell Medal has been awarded annually since 1960 to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her field, and this year marks the first time the Colony has recognized the field of jazz. Rollins joins an impressive list of past recipients, including Leonard Bernstein, Alice Munro, I.M. Pei, Merce Cunningham, and Georgia O'Keeffe.
When Sonny Rollins picks up the tenor saxophone, the world listens. For over half a century, he has played music uniquely his own, and today remains one of the few surviving icons from a golden era of jazz that may never be equaled.
Rollins, whose birthdate is September 7, 1930, first recorded in 1949 and was recognized as one of the most promising, spontaneous, and creative tenor players on the jazz scene, sought after by Miles, Monk, and the Modern Jazz Quartet.
Rollins last performed in Boston on April 6, 2007 at Symphony Hall and recorded Without A Song: The 9/11 Concert" on September 15, 2001 at the Berklee Performance Center just four days after the attacks on the United States.
As the most formidable of all jazz improvisers, Sonny remains a living inspiration to musicians and listeners worldwide. Since his return to the scene full time, a number of years ago, he has maintained a steady program of carefully chosen performances and recordings, each one illuminating why, as the Village Voice so aptly put it, he is the last jazz immortal."
Absolutely Live Entertainment (ALE) is a festival, tour and concert production company specializing in jazz, and led by industry veteran Danny Melnick. Recently in Boston, ALE produced the 25th anniversary concert of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette at Boston Symphony Hall, the 75th birthday concert for Wayne Shorter at Berklee Performance Center and the reunion of the Gary Burton Quartet featuring Pat Metheny at Berklee Performance Center.
Melnick proudly serves as the Artistic Director of The Shape of Jazz," a jazz series presented by Carnegie Hall now in its 7th season and is the producing partner and Artistic Director of the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York, which will take place on June 26 & 27, 2010.
Further information on ALE can be found online at absolutelylive.net.