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When Sonny Slayed the Dragon

Jazz 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.

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