Tomorrow: Sonny Rollins at OCPAC
Luckily for Orange County, Sonny Rollins, a man who stands firmly atop that list, is playing tomorrow night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
Rollins' resume reads like a who's-who of jazz. The saxophonist played alongside John Coltrane (albeit for one song), Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Clifford Brown and Max Roach. His 1956 album Saxophone Colosuus is a jazz masterpiece that begins with one of his most well-known tunes, "St. Thomas."
Unlike other players from his era, Rollins has transitioned into the modern era in a smooth manner. He's used the same band for years and together they play a really enjoyable sound that blends the best of bebop and contemporary jazz.
Tickets range from $25-$82. Show starts at 8 p.m. This ain't Chain Reaction: You can't just show up when you want. So don't be late.