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Sonny Rollins: The Quintessential Jazz Man

The tenor saxophonist is one of the jazz world's greatest improvisational artists. At the tender age of 23, he played with Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. In the early 1950s, he joined the Clifford Brown-Max Roach quintet. He also began a critically-acclaimed solo career. Now in his sixties, he feels obligated to carry on the vision of his own mentors to today's rising stars. His latest album, "Old Flames," focuses on jazz standards and features Sonny backed by a brass section. Rollins will be the guest of honor at the JazzTimes Convention in November 16-19, in New York.

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Other segments from the episode on July 29, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 29, 1994: Interview with Sonny Rollins; Interview with Betty Carter.

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