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Monterey Jazz features a tribute to Sonny Rollins / The Mercury News

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The saxophone master is a longtime festival favorite, having appeared at Monterey Jazz many times over the years - including at the inaugural event in 1958. Rollins is now retired, but festival artistic director Tim Jackson - who describes the legendary musician as "one of the Mt. Rushmore artists in jazz" - has organized this amazing tribute with Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Gerald Clayton, Scott Colley and Lewis Nash. That's a true dream team, featuring no less than four of the top sax men (Heath, Lovano, Marsalis and Redman) in the business. It should be fascinating to hear them combine forces. Details: 10:10 p.m. Sept. 16, Jimmy Lyons Stage.

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