Sonny Rollins Kicks Off TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival

When Sonny Rollins picks up the tenor saxophone, the world listens. On Friday, June 26, 2009, hear one of jazzs most iconic figures at the prestigious Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts as the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival kicks off its 23rd anniversary with saxophone giant Sonny Rollins.

The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, on its opening night, welcomes Rollins, the most formidable of all jazz improvisers who has carved an impressive career for over half a century. Working alongside heavyweights such as Miles Davis and Bud Powell before the age of 20, Rollins quickly established himself in the early 50s as the most brash and creative young tenor in the scene. Today, he remains as one of the surviving few great jazz immortals from the golden era.

At 78, Rollins is still at the top of his game. His accomplishments in the last decade alone speak to the depth of his talent: in 2000 he won his first Grammy Award, with a following second Grammy in 2004; in that same year Rollins was also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; and Sonny, Please, released in 2006, was described as perhaps his strongest studio album in a decade or more.

The sounds of jazz will have feet tapping and fingers snapping as the 23rd edition of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival swings and jives its way into summer, running from June 26 to July 5, 2009. Be a part of the action as more than 1,500 musicians, performing in over 350 concerts, descend upon Toronto for the citys largest music festival. Get jazzed this summer!

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