Monday December 26, 2011
Kennedy Center Honors with Sonny Rollins to be Broadcast Dec. 27
By: Jeff Tamarkin
Sonny Rollins and his fellow 2011 Kennedy Center Honorees—Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Meryl Streep—ere celebrated for their professional accomplishments and artistry on Dec. 4 at the annual Honors Gala in Washington, D.C. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees were saluted in turn by an array of world-class and deeply personal performances.
The Honors Gala will be broadcast on CBS on Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 9:00-11:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Rollins’ segment was introduced by Bill Cosby. Musical director Christian McBride assembled an all-star band consisting of Rollins colleagues (and friends) Jim Hall, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Billy Drummond and Roy Hargrove, who performed in different configurations before coming together for the finale of “St. Thomas.”
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