4th 2008
The Jazz Session #49: Sonny Rollins

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Jason Crane interviews saxophonist Sonny Rollins. He’s just released Road Shows Vol. 1 (Doxy Records, 2008), a compilation of live performances spanning 20 years. Gary Giddins calls it “one of the finest Sonny Rollins albums ever released.” In this interview, recorded on Election Day 2008, Sonny talks about everything from the prospect of an Obama presidency and the crisis of global warming to the mystery and beauty of jazz improvisation. Find out more at


10 Responses to “The Jazz Session #49: Sonny Rollins”

  1. : The Jazz Session #49: Sonny Rollins on 04 Nov 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    […] LISTEN Posted by Jason Crane on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, at 8:58 pm. Filed under Jazz, Music, Politics & Activism, The Jazz Session. Tagged Jazz, obama, Politics & Activism, sonny rollins, The Jazz Session. Follow any responses to this post with its comments RSS feed. You can post a comment or trackback from your blog. […]

  2. Night Lights Classic Jazz Blog and Radio Program with David Brent Johnson | WFIU Public Media on 05 Nov 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    […] out Jason Crane’s election-day interview with tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. And whatever one’s political affiliations or ideology, […]

  3. Sally G. on 08 Nov 2008 at 9:42 pm #

    Great interview! Loved hearing him talk about Lenox. What an amazing man!

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    […] out Jason Crane’s election-day interview with tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. And whatever one’s political affiliations or ideology, […]

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    […] interviews here with jazz musicians from several generations, including established masters such as Sonny Rollins, Chico Hamilton, Steve Kuhn and Eberhard Weber. There are also interviews with musicians […]

  7. Jazz Don't Hurt: Taking a Stand with 'Conscious Jazz' | Popdose on 02 Nov 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    […] “How ironic that the Negro, who more than any other people can claim America’s culture as his own, is being persecuted and repressed; that the Negro, who has exemplified the humanities in his very existence, is being rewarded with inhumanity.” So wrote the saxophone colossus, Sonny Rollins, in the liner notes of this seminal saxophone trio recording. Aiding Rollins on this record was another outspoken jazz master, drummer Max Roach. (Sonny Rollins joined me on The Jazz Session on Election Day 2008 to talk about Barack Obama, race relations and environmentalism. Listen to the show.) […]

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  10. Joe Giardullo on 06 Apr 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    Sonny is the North Star !

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