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Greetings & Salutations, pictorial pilgrims!

It’s Day 2 of this year’s London Jazz Festival, and today’s performance was by the legendary Jazz Cat, Sonny Rollins. Standing strong as the last of the Old Jazz Guard, he is the living embodiment of what made jazz a unique musical experience of it’s time, and how to this day still influences not only this genre of music, but others as well. It was no wonder at all that, before Mr Rollins had even picked up his saxophone, there was a standing ovation from the crowds at the Barbican. Trust me when I say this: that rarely, if ever, happens at the Barbican. You’d have to be someone special to get that kind of adulation.

Sonny Rollins at Barbican for London Jazz Festival 2009. Pixgrem

For someone who is 79 years old, he puts me to shame when it comes to breath control.  Damn!! It’s just an honour to see a genius at work:

Sonny Rollins at Barbican for London Jazz Festival 2009. Pixgrem

Mr Rollins was accompanied by Clifton Anderson on trombone; Bobby Broom on guitar; Bob Cranshaw on bass; Kobie Watkins on drums; and Victor Y. See Yeun on Percussion:

Sonny Rollins at Barbican for London Jazz Festival 2009. Pixgrem

Tomorrow should be a good day. The line up involves The Power of 3 with Chick Corea, Lenny White and Stanley Clarke; and then it’ll be Robert Glasper later in the evening. Oh, Happy Days!

Pax, pilgrims! 🙂

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One thought on “LJF 2009 Day 2: Sonny Rollins

  1. hey akin, great gig, fab photos, wonderful! seb and i were there, couldnt see you, shame! but we are there tonight for the POWER OF 3 & BELA! hope to catch you my friend, cheers, all the best, ade/seb

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