Tomorrow: Sonny Rollins at OCPAC

Jazz has few living legends from its halycon days. Sure, there are some modern players (the Marsalis brothers come to mind) who picked up the torch when it was passed to them, but as far as 100 percent legit dudes from back in the day, the list is very short.

Luckily for Orange County, Sonny Rollins, a man who stands firmly atop that list, is playing tomorrow night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Rollins' resume reads like a who's-who of jazz. The saxophonist played alongside John Coltrane (albeit for one song), Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Clifford Brown and Max Roach. His 1956 album Saxophone Colosuus is a jazz masterpiece that begins with one of his most well-known tunes, "St. Thomas."

 Unlike other players from his era, Rollins has transitioned into the modern era in a smooth manner. He's used the same band for years and together they play a really enjoyable sound that blends the best of bebop and contemporary jazz. 

Tickets range from $25-$82. Show starts at 8 p.m. This ain't Chain Reaction: You can't just show up when you want. So don't be late.  


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