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Sonny Rollins Dominates The 2012 Jazz Awards

June 21st, 2012 1:52pm EDT
Sonny Rollins
Famed saxophonist Sonny Rollins ruled the Jazz Awards in New York on Wednesday, taking home three top honors.

He was named Musician Of The Year for the second year in a row and was also hailed as Top Tenor Saxophonist. He rounded out his trio of accolades by landing Best Jazz Recording for his latest offering, Road Shows, Vol. 2.

Rollins was unable to attend the ceremony as he was moving house, but in a statement read out to the audience at the Blue Note Jazz Club, he declared, "I was born with some talent for which I am grateful. I copied and learned from my predecessors and I'm gratef...
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Neil Diamond & Meryl Streep To Receive Kennedy Center Honors

September 7th, 2011 11:15pm EDT
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond and Meryl Streep are to be rewarded for their cultural contributions to the arts as this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

"Sweet Caroline" singer Diamond and the veteran actress will pick up the accolades at the 34th annual ceremony before President Barack Obama on December 4.

Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Broadway star Barbara Cook and saxophonist/composer Sonny Rollins were among the others chosen for their lifetime of work.

The five stars will join a long list of talented past honorees; among them director Steven Spielberg, country singer Dolly Parton, Diamon...
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Concord Music Group Releases 5th Historic Installment Of The 'Keepnews Collection'

July 7th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Nat Adderley
Released June 3rd, Concord Music Group presents part five of its historic reissues series the 'Keepnews Collection', which spotlights classic albums by jazz titans put on the map by the legendary producer Orrin Keepnews.

The Keepnews Collection serves jazz aficionados who are looking to add to their collections as well as jazz neophytes who have caught the jazz bug and long to delve deeper into the music that truly captures the American spirit of freedom.

Four titles of this edition were originally released on the Keepnews-helmed label, Riverside Records, which recorded seminal...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 7

September 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Shannon Elizabeth
Happy Birthday to "Thirteen" actress Evan Rachel Wood (1987), "Final Destination" actor Devon Sawa (1978), "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (1976), rapper Eazy-E (1963; d. 1995), songwriter Diane Warren (1956), actor Corbin Bernsen (1954), actress Susan Blakely (1952), Pretenders singer/guitarist Chrissie Hynde (1951), "The Simpsons" voice actress Julie Kavner (1951), disco singer Gloria Gaynor (1949), singer Buddy Holly (1936; d. 1959), jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins (1930), English actor Peter Lawford (1923; d. 1984), actor Anthony Quayle (1913; d. 1989), and Hungarian film direc...
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Fifth Edition Of The Prestige Records/Rudy Van Gelder Classic Jazz Remasters Series In Stores This Week

February 7th, 2007 4:17pm EST
John Coltrane
In the fifth edition of the Prestige Records RVG Remasters series, five more classic albums are polished for their February 6 release: John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio: Traneing In; Jackie McLean: 4, 5, and 6; Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin’; Pat Martino: El Hombre; and Sonny Rollins: Plus Four. Prestige inaugurated its RVG Remasters Series in March 2006 with ten seminal titles, then continued in June, July and September with five more discs each month. Each RVG engineered album includes original and new liner notes, and some albums are augmented by alternate take bonus tracks.

Jo...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 7

September 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Shannon Elizabeth
Happy Birthday to "Thirteen" actress Evan Rachel Wood (1987), "Final Destination" actor Devon Sawa (1978), "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (1976), rapper Eazy-E (1963; d. 1995), songwriter Diane Warren (1956), actor Corbin Bernsen (1954), actress Susan Blakely (1952), Pretenders singer/guitarist Chrissie Hynde (1951), "The Simpsons" voice actress Julie Kavner (1951), disco singer Gloria Gaynor (1949), singer Buddy Holly (1936; d. 1959), jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins (1930), English actor Peter Lawford (1923; d. 1984), actor Anthony Quayle (1913; d. 1989), and Hungarian film direc...
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