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Tenor of our times: Film on sax great Sonny Rollins opens Woodstock Film Festival

September 29, 2013 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Twice a week in the early 1980s, I hosted a program called The Sound of Jazz on WDST Radio (Betty MacDonald created the show and hosted it three other evenings). On my nights, the Sonny Rollins piece “Harlem Boys” was the introductory theme. Two evenings each week it came rolling out of the radio: the immensely distinctive tenor sax, the huge tone blowing an R&B-inflected jazz tune that put me – and, I hoped, the listeners – in the right place to enter a music world that Sonny Rollins, along with a few other giants, stood astride. To Betty’s and my surprise, it turned out that Sonny himself was a listener from his home in Germantown, and one beautiful night, a live guest on the show.
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