Sonny Rollins

Born: 09/07/1930 in New York City, New York, USA


Music (10)

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

("Doxy") (Song)

The Switch 2010 (Movie)

"Paul's Pal" (Song)

The Switch 2010 (Movie)

"Paul's Pal" (Song Performer)

The Hawk is Dying 2007 (Movie)

Paul's Pal" (Song)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)


Metro 1997 (Movie)

("Poor Butterfly") (Song Performer)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

("St Thomas") (Song)

Saxophone Colossus 1986 (Movie)


Saxophone Colossus 1986 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow" "How Are Things in Glocca Morra" "Peer Gynt" "Don't Stop the Carnival" "G Man") (Performer)

Alfie 1965 (Movie)

Actor (7)

The Simpsons 2013 (Tv Show)


The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


A Great Day in Harlem 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Saxophone Colossus 1986 (Movie)


The Jazz Baroness (TV Show)




Grammy Award for lifetime achievement


Released album of unaccompanied solos, The Solo Album


The Bridge focused on new improvisational technique honed from playing at Williamsburg Bridge


Pianoless trio captured on Way Out West


Issued Saxophone Colossus


First composition recorded was "Audubon" by J.J. Johnson


Began playing professionally in New York

Bonus Trivia


Twice arrested, once for armed robbery in 1950, and again in 1952 for heroin possession. Later underwent methadone therapy to break his addiction in 1955.


Ornette Coleman stopped using a piano in his groups after seeing and hearing Rollins' success with that format.


His nickname, "Newk," came from his resemblance to the Brooklyn Dodgers' Don Newcombe.


Only one of two surviving musicians who were included in the "Great Day in Harlem" photograph of New York jazz musicians. The other is Benny Golson.


Played on three tracks for the Rolling Stones' "Tattoo You" album in 1981, including the single "Waiting on a Friend."


November 13, 1995 was declared "Sonny Rollins Day" by New York City Hall.


Was forced to flee his apartment after the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Five days later, he performed a tribute concert at the Berklee Schoolof Music that was recorded for a live album, Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert (2005).