Last night's banter: Sonny Rollins

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Sonny Rollins blew some serious magic from his saxophone at the Kennedy Center Wednesday night, but the 72-year-old jazz icon earned some of the evening's loudest applause when he approached the microphone to speak. Here's a sampling of what the saxophone colossus had to say once the cheers died down:

On his youth in Annapolis, MD and swimming at Carr's beach: "I used to go there when I was young. I was 11 years old and I was in love with a woman there. She was 19 years old."

On first seeing the film version of the musical "Cabin In The Sky": "Is that movie theater still in Annapolis? It was older than me, so I know it ain't."

Before breaking for intermission: "I didn't want to but they put a gun to my head and said 'Take an intermission.'"

Before closing the show: "Thank you Washington D.C.! But don't forget Annapolis! It all started in Annapolis!"

By Chris Richards |  December 3, 2009; 12:25 PM ET Live Last Night
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So Sonny comes to town and blows the roof off the Kennedy Center, and all the Post can do is quote a few off-hand comments? Did you miss how strong Sonny was? He ripped off three or four awesome solos--eight to ten minutes each--that would blow most any other sax player off the stage.

Clinton Anderson and Bobby Broom provided excellent solos and support to Sonny--and his bands have not always had that kind of talent on-hand. The bass/drums/conga line was strong throughout the evening and the conga solo was mind-boggling. Even the band-mates seemed to be hearing all new things in the conga solo as they really could not find ways to chime in. The ideas were coming too fast and so furiously.

Did you miss the closing rendition of "Don't Stop the Carnival" that had everyone dancing in their seats and demanded the final standing ovation?

Great show, Sonny et al. Work on the reviews, Mr. Richards.

Posted by: snakebit | December 4, 2009 3:20 PM

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