He's been called the "Saxophone Colossus," "the heavyweight champion of the tenor sax," and even "the world's greatest jazz improviser." Whatever superlatives you choose to apply, there's no doubt that even after more than fifty years in the music business, Sonny Rollins remains one of the most intriguing and important musicians in jazz.
The rumors of a Rollins appearance in St. Louis have been percolating for a couple of months, fueled in part by a listing for a date here that appeared, then disappeared, then reappeared on the saxophonist's Web site.
Now it can be confirmed that Rollins is returning to St. Louis for the first time in nearly a decade on Saturday, September 19 to play at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The show is being presented by Jazz St. Louis, which is renting the Touhill for the occasion, and sponsored by St. Louis-based World Wide Technology, Inc.
Tickets will be priced at $125, $50 and $35, and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 3. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 314-516-4949 or online by visiting www.touhill.org.
(Edited after posting to correct the information on who's presenting the concert.)