Sonny Rollins


Denmark, 1968

Sonny Rollins performs “Four” at this 1968 concert in Denmark.

Rollins is joined by Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and American expats Kenny Drew and Albert “Tootie” Heath. In the 1960s, Copenhagen became a haven for American jazz musicians seeking an escape from stifling recording contracts, racism, and a growing American disinterest in the genre.

Other musicians who relocated to Denmark include Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, and Stuff Smith.

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