There's nothing straight ahead about Sonny Rollins' journey. One of the great all-time tenor saxophonists, a multi-Grammy Award winner and an NEA Jazz Master, Rollins' life story teems with twists and turns in his search for meaning through his horn. He took two sabbaticals from music to strengthen his delivery as well as nurture his spiritual health and has managed to outlive most of his peers to stand tall as one of the few remaining jazz titans.

Known as the Jazz Colossus and nicknamed Newk, the living jazz legend started his recording career in 1951 with Miles Davis and two years later recorded with Thelonious Monk while on his way to a career of recording dozens of jazz classics and continuing today to be marquee concert attraction. Rollins once said about his fellow jazz greats who have passed that he represents them: "I'm one of the last guys left…so I feel a holy obligation to evoke these people." While he no longer has to deliver the overwhelmingly colossal statements as he did when he was coming of age in the '50s and '60s, today all Rollins has to do is breathe deep and sing on his tenor saxophone with his singular voice.