Sonny Meets Ornette: A Roundup : A Blog Supreme Newk played an 80th birthday concert on Friday night. He played with his newly-retooled working band. And Roy Hargrove. And Christian McBride. And Jim Hall. And Roy Haynes. And Ornette Coleman. Yes, Ornette Coleman. The jazz world freaked out.
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Perhaps you have heard that Sonny Rollins played an 80th birthday concert on Friday night. He played with his newly-retooled working band. And Roy Hargrove. And Christian McBride. And Jim Hall. And Roy Haynes. And Ornette Coleman. Yes, Ornette Coleman.

NOT. JEALOUS. AT. ALL.

Seemingly everybody and their mother — at least with respect to jazz writing — was in attendance. (Even the @jazzfamoose!) Here are some recaps from journalists and fans:

UPDATE: There's video now. And also, Evan Haga's JazzTimes report.

For his part, Christian McBride seemed astonished too. Who wouldn't be?


Related At NPR Music: The first time I saw Sonny Rollins play.