Sonny Rollins, Jazz Legend, Has Beef With ‘New Yorker’

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.04.14 in News

Sonny Rollins, the jazz great, has something to say. Last week, The New Yorker‘s humor blog ran a piece by The Onion senior writer Django Gold titled, “Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words.” The satire must have been lost on some readers, because The New Yorker has since apologized “to anyone who thought it was real.” As media blog Romenesko points out, Rollins is scheduled to address the piece in a live interview tonight at 9 p.m. EST on his website.

The “In His Own Words” piece includes the pseudo-Rollins writing, “Jazz might be the stupidest thing anyone ever came up with.” Rollins alerted his 17,100 Twitter followers to the post’s bogus nature, writing, “Hey folks, this is some guy’s idea of a joke.” He also made fun of The New Yorker‘s typo-marred postscript on the piece, quoting it in a separate tweet: “‘This article, which is part of our Shouts & Murmurs humor blog, is a work a satire.’ Lawrence Welk is-a now-a an intern at THE NEW YORKER?” Let’s hope Eustace Tilley likes his coffee with bubbles, then.

Anyone can tweet questions for the interview to “#rollinstruth.” Whatever one’s thoughts on the piece, Rollins or, hey, jazz itself, his video response tonight could be a thing a beauty.