Aiden Levy & Tom Reney in Conversation on Sonny Rollins
Aidan Levy will be joined with Tom Reney in a conversation about Levy’s book Saxophone Colossus, the Life and Music of Sonny Rollins. This is a free community event. In collaboration with the Hartford Jazz Society and the Hartt School of the Performing Arts.
Sonny Rollins has long been considered an enigma. Known as the “Saxophone Colossus,” he is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz improvisers of all time, winning Grammys, the Austrian Cross of Honor, Sweden’s Polar Music Prize and a National Medal of Arts. A bridge from bebop to the avant-garde, he is a lasting link to the golden age of jazz, pictured in the iconic “Great Day in Harlem” portrait. His seven-decade career has been well documented, but the backstage life of the man once called “the only jazz recluse” has gone largely untold—until now.