Quincy Jones narrates this tribute to America's indigenous art form: Jazz. Present day conversations and never before seen footage of jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland, Count Bassie and many more.
Kennedy Center Honors recognize Yo-Yo Ma, Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Sonny Rollins, Meryl Streep. (Dec. 5)
On Saturday, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will bestow its Kennedy Center Honors on five of the nation's leading artists. One is legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins, who is still performing at age 81. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Rollins to discuss his life's work.
Jeffrey Brown recently sat down with Sonny Rollins at the Kennedy Center to talk about his life as a saxophonist and composer. In this excerpt of their conversation, Rollins talks about what other jazz greats have meant to him.
Howard Levy, Bobby Broom and Dennis Carroll perform 'Airegin' by Sonny Rollins.
Alfie -- Open-ended Trailer from Paramount
Jazz: Season 1: Episode 9 -- For jazz, the late 1950s is a period of transition when old stars like Billie Holiday and Lester Young will burn out while young talents arise to take the music in new directions. New virtuosos push the limits of bebop: saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins; jazz diva Sarah Vaughan; and the drummer Art Blakey. But the leading light of the era is Miles Davis whose lush recordings expand the jazz audience; and a cultural icon whose tough-guy charisma comes to define what's hip. As the turbulent Sixties arrive, two saxophonists take jazz into uncharted terrain. John Coltrane explodes the pop tune My Favorite Things, while Ornette Coleman challenges all conventions with a sound he calls 'free jazz.'
Alfie -- For Alfie, the only real life is sex life; only then can he kid himself he is living. Sex is not used as the working-class boy's way to 'the top'.
Moe's road trip starts in Capital City.
Singer Barbara Cook, singer and songwriter Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and actress Meryl Streep will receive honors for 2011 on THE 34TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS on Tuesday, December 27 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS!
The jazz great-and recently named 2011 Kennedy Center Honors recipient-talks about his new album 'Road Shows, Vol. 2' and explains why, at age 81, he still practices every day.
The iconic saxophonist describes jazz as an American classic.
Contemporary filmmaker Hannah Rothschild tries to uncover the real story behind her great aunt's sudden disappearance. In 1951 the beautiful married mother of five left home and went to New York in search of the man who wrote 'Round Midnight. She found him and this is the extraordinary account of what happened next. A journey that took her from Harlem to Hell and back again. She went to prison for him and gave up everything familiar. But why? Helen Mirren reads Pannonica's words and Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, TS Monk junior, Roy Haynes, Curtis Fuller, The Duchess of Devonshire and other luminaries tell their side of the story. This film is the result of a ten year search to solve the puzzle of Pannonica.
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