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Sep 8 Sonny Simmons & Cosmosamatics @ Thunderbird

Saturday Sept 8 8 pm $16 adv/$20 door
Thunderbird Cafe, 4023 Butler St. , Lawrenceville

tickets: Sound Cat, Caliban Books, Dave's Music Mine. The Exchange Squirrel Hill, The Exchange Downtown and online at

featuring Michael Marcus and Jay Rozen
with special guest Charles Wallace Trio

The disciple of Charlie Parker. The heir of John Coltrane and Albert Ayler. The partner of Eric Dolphy. Sonny Simmons stands tall at 80 years of age. Probably the eldest still-working saxophonist from the era of the 1960's avant-garde, Sonny Simmons is renowned for his landmark albums on ESP-Disk. Previous to those releases, he played with Charles Mingus and appeared on albums with Dolphy, Prince Lasha, and Elvin Jones. A short list of his other collaborators inlcuded Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Andrew Cyrille, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Oliver Lake, Frank Lowe, Cecil McBee, Sunny Murray, Dewey Redman, Sonny Rollins, Lonnie Liston Smith, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman and dozens more. Later in the '90s, he released a pair of albums on Quincy Jones' label, Qwest, and continues with a fruitful discography to this day on labels such as Jazzway, Ayler, CIMP, Boxholder and Arhoolie. There are many other facets of Simmons: a black revolutionary, a prophet of ancient ritual, and a man who's been under more than once but never failed to resurface. He was homeless at the time he made the jazz encyclopedias, and yet he's busier than ever in the new millennium, when the jazz world thought him out of notice. "Be yourself," he says. "It's not about the here and now, it's about you."

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