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When Sonny Slayed the Dragon

Sonny RollinsJazz critic and radio host Neil Tesser has written an account of Sonny Rollins’ mid-1950s sojourn in Chicago, during which the tenor saxophonist overcame his addiction to heroin and eventually rejoined the jazz scene. (It was during this same sojourn that Rollins met up-and-coming trumpeter Booker Little and gave him some influential advice, as detailed in the Night Lights program The Memphis Mafia.) Special thanks to musician and jazz bulletin-board poster extraordinaire Jim Sangrey for the tip on this Chicago Reader article.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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