[JPL] Legendary Jazz Greats Sonny Rollins and McCoy Tyner Honored at the Grammy Salute to Jazz

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Wed Feb 13 14:11:57 EST 2008

Los Angeles (CA) -- Legendary jazz greats Sonny Rollins and McCoy Tyner were honored at the GRAMMY Salute To Jazz. in Los Angeles. The event featured a cocktail reception, live performances and appearances by the honorees and the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles. Introductions were made by Neil Tesser and Master of Ceremonies Bill Cosby. Cosby, also a Philadelphia native shared his deep belief and felt influences from jazz with the audience in his usual great comedic styling.. Also in the audience were fellow “I Spy" actor, Robert Culp, actress and jazz crooner, Cynthia Basinet, President/CEO Neil Portnow, Chair Jimmy Jam. Rollins is a two-time GRAMMY-winning tenor saxophonist and 2004 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He emerged at the height of the bebop jazz movement, and his illustrious career has consisted of more than five decades of recording. Since 2005 he has recorded on his own record label, Doxy Records.   Rollins who was unable to attend the event
 due to a minor car accident, had his nephew and trumpet player, Clifton Anderson accept on his behalf. 
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