Sonny Rollins is an American saxophonist, regarded as one of the most influential artists of his craft and arguably the greatest saxophonist in the world. Forty years ago, British filmmaker Dick Fontaine followed Rollins up to the Williamsburg Bridge in Manhattan to document one of a number of Rollins’ absences from the jazz scene. Having become dissatisfied with the music business, the film depicts Rollins’ resolute search for meaning in both his life and music. Rollins remains as single-mindedly driven today as he was forty years ago and continues to push against compromise and banality, while his music remains an inspiration to a new generation of young artists.
The full length version (78mins) of Fontaine’s film that will be showing at The Rio combines archived footage of Rollins with the electrifying energy of the saxophonist’s 80th birthday concert in 2010, where such music greats as Roy Haynes, Jim Hall, and Ornette Coleman joined Rollins to celebrate his musical success and life journey so far.
‘Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes’ will be showing at The Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB on Tuesday 5th March at 6pm.
Tickets are £7.50/£6.00 concessions/£5.50 under 15’s (with valid ID).
Words: Kitty Lungley