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Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins (b Sept 7, 1930 in NYC) American jazz tenor saxophonist. Rollins widely recognized as one of the most important & influential jazz musicians. A number of his compositions, including "St. Thomas", "Oleo", "Doxy", &"Airegin", have become jazz standards.
During the years 1956 to 1958 Sonny Rollins was widely regarded as the most talented and innovative tenor saxophonist in jazz. Nevertheless, he was discontented; he voluntarily withdrew from public life from August 1959 to November 1961. During this period of retirement his habit of practicing on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York became legendary.