Sunday, December 25, 2011
West 153rd Street, NYC
On Tuesday, Sonny Rollins will receive a Kennedy Center Honor. In today's New York Post, he says: "When I was about 14, I got everything Coleman Hawkins made on record. He was my idol. I went waiting for him one day — at his stoop — with my 8x10 glossy. I’d cased the place and knew he’d be coming home around that time. So he came in and there I was, and I asked him to sign it for me. It was great. I didn’t tell him I played — I was a little too shy.”
This is a photo of West 153rd Street, where Coleman Hawkins lived, as it is today.