Aidan Levy | Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins

Recorded Jan 17, 2023
Direct Download: 20230117-aidanle.mp3

In conversation with Nate Chinen

The author of Dirty Blvd.: The Life and Music of Lou Reed and editor of Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and EncountersAiden Levy played the baritone saxophone in the Stan Rubin Orchestra for 10 years. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and JazzTimes, among other publications. Formerly a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, he is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, works with the Center for Jazz Studies, and was a co-convener of the African American Studies Colloquium. In Saxophone Colossus, Levy offers the first full-length biography of Sonny Rollins, one of jazz’s most celebrated but enigmatic musicians and composers. 

WRTI jazz radio’s editorial director, a regular contributor to NPR Music, and a consulting producer with Jazz Night in AmericaNate Chinen formerly worked as a critic for The New York Times and wrote a long-running column for JazzTimes. He is the author of Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century, named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, GQ, and Billboard. A 13-time winner of the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Writing, Chinen has also had his work widely anthologized.

Other Great Podcasts