Concerts

SONNY ROLLINS 80th BIRTHDAY TOUR
Pallas Theater |

Sonny Rollins is the greatest living jazz legend! The saxophonist – legend, the colossus of the saxophone, has its 80th birthday this September! The only artist contemporary of John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Miles Davis and Max Roach, continuing privileging the stage with his presence started his musical career at the age of 14. Rollins was present at the era of Charlie Parker, J. J. Johnson, Bud Powell, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk; he would play in their bands and records, and today shares a place in the jazz pantheon with them! A distinctive career in music, marked by exceptional recordings, important collaborations and uncountable compositions that left their mark on generations of new musicians. 

Rollins was influenced by the other great sax players of his time, such as from the upbeat change of musical phrases of Lester Young and the dynamism of Coleman Hawkins, and developed a unique and characteristic sound in the tenor saxophone, still distinctive in our days. This true first album was realized with Prestige, only to be followed by six more albums, which would become some of the most important albums in the history of jazz, such as “Saxophone Colossus” and “Tenor Madness”, in collaboration with Coltrane and Miles Davis’ band members.

Being pioneer, this leading musician presented in 1957 a musical trio without a piano, and in this form he recorded in 1958 a masterpiece record, his last with Riverside company, “The Freedom Suite”, including the 19-minute long homonymous piece.  Several compositions of Sonny Rollins are considered among the most well-known jazz standards, while his musical forms and famous solos have marked generations of musicians. Some of the most well-known compositions include the legendary “St Thomas”, “Oleo”, “Doxy” or “Airegin”.

Three years ago, Sonny Rollins celebrated with a monumental appearance in Carnegie Hall 50 years from his first appearance in the Hall as band leader.  With hundreds of records, uncountable appearances in the largest Festivals and numerous awards and Grammies, Sonny Rollins is unquestionably the grandmaster of jazz!

And what could be greater for the Jazz Masters series in Pallas, than presenting an artist of such calibre and stature, while also celebrating his 80th birthday on tour! On November 28, 2010, the legend of jazz, Sonny Rollins, along with his fantastic band, shall be with us for the first time for a unique show, which is definitely going to be the must go concert of the year!

PRODUCED BY ELLINIKI THEAMATON

Online Booking

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28,  21.00h

 IN PALLAS THEATER
CityLink block on Voukourestiou Street
Access
By Bus/Trolleybus
The Pallas Theater is situated close to Kriezotou station on Panepistimiou street and to Acadimia station on Academias street, where a lot of bus and trolleybus lines also pass.

By Metro
The Pallas Theatre is also very close to the Μetro stations Sintagma (Line 2) and Panepistimio (Line 1).

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