Sonny Rollins Quotes on music

What I can say is that for may years jazz musicians had to go to Europe, for instance, to be respected and to be sort of treated not in a discriminatory way. I don't think there is anything controversial about me saying that. This is just a fact... view

By: Sonny Rollins

There have been many great musicians that, Clifford Brown is one great example, I mean he died very early, 25... view

By: Sonny Rollins

You had many jazz musicians who lived in the United States, who had a hard time being accepted over here and had to play in sort of these inferior type dives... view

By: Sonny Rollins

Europeans really provided many venues over there and hailed the jazz artists, and a lot of musicians went over there and stayed over there for a long time. A lot of them moved over there, lived over there, and died over there... view

By: Sonny Rollins

I think the problem starts with the general appreciation of the music in the larger society... view

By: Sonny Rollins

Even the most jingoistic person would have to admit that even American cultural music comes from Europe. That's what classical music is, real European music... view

By: Sonny Rollins

I am a person who thinks about the music first in trying to achieve something musically valid... view

By: Sonny Rollins

I guess fortunate that I'm still around and I emphasize I guess because you never can tell what musicians would be playing had they been around as long as I have... view

By: Sonny Rollins

I have always been a person who is concerned with the dignity of jazz music and the way jazz musicians have been treated and are treated, and the fact that the music has not been given the kind of due that it deserves... view

By: Sonny Rollins

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking themselves to death and not really being able to get any work and working in small, funky jazz clubs... view

By: Sonny Rollins