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Sonny Rollins talks about playing in the London Jazz Festival 2009

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Alyn Shipton Alyn Shipton | 12:23 UK Time, Friday, 13 November 2009


The great Sonny Rollins plays the Barbican on Saturday 14 Nov. Whenever he plays in the UK he always seems to have a knack for playing tunes associated with London or with his audience. Here I talk to Sonny about how he'll be approaching Saturday's gig at the Barbican.

Listen to our conversation.


  • Comment number 1.

    Sonny Rollins is sold out at the Barbican tomorrow night, Alyn, although will the concert be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at some later date? I could not see it in the schedule.


    I listened to your conversation in the above link, and was intrigued to learn that Sonny had been improvising on the theme tunes for the BBC's two most popular soap operas, EastEnders (television) and The Archers (radio).

    Perhaps the BBC ought to record the improvisations for further use. They would probably be an improvement on the originals. I once suggested that Radio 3 did its own soap opera, something like WestEnders, so perhaps Sonny could come up with a theme tune for that?



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