Last Sunday, Sonny Rollins was at the White House to receive the well deserved 2011 Kennedy Center Honors from President Obama and then at the annual Kennedy Center gala, which will be broadcast on Dec. 27 on CBS. This is the second time in two weeks I find myself writing about Sonny. For many years I was a Rollins fan much more than a Coltrane fan but then I grew up and realized that they are two players of equal stature but in different ways. I think the award is well deserved and a bit over-due.
My question: Who are some of the living Jazz musicians you would like to see get this award?
Just off the top of my head I am going to say Bob Brookmeyer for one, Jimmy Heath. Benny Golson and Phil Woods. I can think of many more but I'll leave it up to you guys to giveyour opinions.
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