Sonny Rollins receives the Polar Prize

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Rollins, Reich Receive Polar Music Prize
Mon May 21, 4:08 PM ET

Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins and composer Steve Reich received the prestigious Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony Monday at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The Polar Music Prize is Sweden's biggest music award. It was founded by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA, in 1989 through a donation to The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Each winner receives $147,000.
The award is typically split between pop artists and classical musicians. Past winners include Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Quincy Jones, Isaac Stern, Pierre Boulez and Valery Gergiev.
Helped on and off the stage, Rollins, 76, bowed gently and said he was honored to receive the prize "on behalf of all the great musicians I learned my music from."
Eagle-Eye Cherry son of trumpet player Don Cherry with whom Rollins toured in the 1960s read the academy's citation for Rollins, calling him "one of the most powerful and personal voices in jazz for more than 50 years."
Rollins was honored by a performance by Swedish hip-hop singer Timbuktu and the band Damn! He heard his songs "Alfie's Theme" and "Oleo" played by saxophonist Lennart Aberg, pianist Bobo Stensson and the Jonas Kullhammar Quartet. Swedish jazz singer Viktoria Tolstoy sang "`Round Midnight."

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