Sonny Rollins LJF concert cancelled

Sonny Rollins’ Royal Albert Hall performance, scheduled for 18 November 2013, has been cancelled due to health reasons

A performance by Sonny Rollins at the Royal Albert Hall this November, as part of the London Jazz Festival, has been cancelled due to health problems. The following statement has been issued:

“Earlier this year, Sonny began to experience respiratory symptoms that affected his playing. His doctor prescribed rest and a course of treatment that he hoped would eliminate the symptoms quickly and would enable Sonny to resume his performance schedule.

“Although Sonny has made good progress, his symptoms are unfortunately not completely gone, and he is not yet at the point where he can physically perform a concert at the high level that has always been his standard. 

“Last week, in consultation with his doctor, Sonny decided that he needs to devote the remainder of this year to rest and the prescribed therapy in order to address his current health issues. Therefore all concerts scheduled for the remainder of 2013 have been postponed. Sonny is determined to get stronger and hopefully return to performing in 2014.”

Those who have already bought tickets to the concert are advised to hold on to their tickets for now as the festival’s producers hope to announce a replacement concert in the near future. Alternatively, you can simply obtain a refund from the place of purchase.

Producers of the London Jazz Festival, Serious, said: “Serious and the EFG London Jazz Festival are proud to have worked happily with Sonny over many years. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to working with him again in the future.”

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