Sonny Rollins at Kennedy Center: Cat’s Been Shedding

Keyword searches to the contrary, this post has nothing to do with pet fur. Caught the saxophone colossus, Sonny Rollins at the Kennedy Center last night, in the Washington Performing Arts Society series. Cat closed with this tune:

Those years of practicing 16 hours a day, and the year woodshedding by the Williamsburg Bridge have sure paid off. “Newk” was bad. He was jovial (sharing anecdotes about boyhood crushes at Sparrow’s Point Beach), surprising (singing at the end of a tribute tune to trombone legend J.J. Johnson), and his percussion men couldn’t have been better. Kobie Watkins (drums) and Victor See Yuen (percussion) gave solo’s that were completely outside!

Newk is almost 80, and he gave Washington the biggest treat we’ve had since Inauguration Day. Long live impressionist music.



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