Sonny Rollins Talks Pandemic, Protest, And Jazz In Interview With The New Yorker

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“The main thing is do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” the saxophonist Sonny Rollins says. “Sure, everybody knows it, but nobody lives by it.”

At the age of eighty-nine, the legendary Sonny Rollins still packs a punch with insightful commentary. Rollins has lived through the civil rights movement, Vietnam protests, 9/11, and now is witness to protests in the midst of a global pandemic.

In this interview with The New Yorker, we hear from Sonny Rollins his thoughts about our current state and his lamenting of “not being able to blow my horn anymore” as he phrases it.

He shares perspectives on influential women in his life and in jazz. Ending the interview with his matter-of-fact thoughts on the future of jazz.

You can read the interview and story by Daniel King here:

The New Yorker Interview

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