Sonny Rollins’ letter to Coleman Hawkins

I couldn’t resist reblogging this wonderful letter from one great saxophonist, Sonny Rollins, to another, Coleman Hawkins.

The letter was written in 1962. You can find here on Youtube a recording of the two of them playing the great Jerome Kern tune All The Things You Are at the Newport Jazz Festival just a few months later in summer 1963. The title seems to match the sentiments of the letter rather nicely!

Simon Purcell

Do read this, a touching letter from Sonny Rollins to Coleman Hawkins in 1962 (from the website The greatest players possess not only self-discipline and powers of concentration, but generally, great humility.

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4 Responses to “Sonny Rollins’ letter to Coleman Hawkins”

  1. Indeed a touching letter. Thanks for re-posting!

  2. crocodilechuck Says:

    Sonny-All class.

  3. brett kemnitz Says:

    He gave him his flowers before he died, an example for all of us.

  4. babylovet Says:

    a great model for how to honor our esteemed elders.

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