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Saturday, 18 April 2009 18:10 Host: mail.arshtcenter.org
The Sonny Rollins 2009 tour kicked off on Wednesday, April 15 in Fayetteville, AR for Sonny Rollins first appearance ever in Northwest Arkansas. After delays out of LaGuardia we all finally made it to Fayetteville to find some fantastic weather.
The Walton Arts Center is a very nice venue with a fantastic staff. Sonny even had the opportunity to attend a reception prior to the concert to meet some of the benefactors.
The energy level of the concert kept rising until the last song of the second set ending with Don't Stop the Carnival and the audience on their feet. We were told prior to the concert that some members of the audience did not know who Sonny Rollins was but came because they heard the music would be amazing. I'm sure there are some new Jazz aficionados in Fayetteville after that concert.
This spring welcomes back Victor Y. See Yuen on percussion. Victor performed with Sonny back in the 90's but hasn't had a chance to perform with the band since 1999 as he worked on his own projects. Victor brings with him a special island feel in his playing drawing on his former home of Trinidad.
We're off to Miami for some heat before we head back to New York for a few days.
See you in Miami.
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