Rollins opens London Jazz Festival

Sonny Rollins, a performer renowned for relishing live performance and tolerating recording sessions, will be in his element at the Barbican in London in November. One of the longest surviving saxophone greats of the hard bop era, Rollins is to play the first concert in this year's London Jazz Festival on Saturday 14 November. He'll be accompanied by Clifton Anderson (tb), Bobby Broom (g), Bob Cranshaw (b), Kobie Watkins (d) and Victor Y. See Yuen (pc).

It seems there's plenty more to look forward to from Newk, who'll be into his 80th year at the time of the concert. In January 2009 Jazz Journal, Rollins told Derek Ansell: "I'm still looking for a sound. I want to be able to play an amalgam of everything I've played to date. There's more to come - at least that's what I'm living for."

The concert is the first in a four-concert series at the London Jazz Festival sponsored by EFG International and featuring leading jazz performers.The festival opens on November 13 and runs to November 22. Tickets can be booked on 020 7638 8891 or by visiting

Mark Gilbert