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President Bill Clinton's Toast to Sonny Rollins at the Kennedy Center Honors

Sonny Rollins was one of five individuals who received the Kennedy Center Honors of 2011. Along with fellow recipients singer Barbara Cook, singer and songwriter Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and actress Meryl Streep, Rollins was honored at the 34th annual national celebration of the arts on December 4. "I am deeply appreciative of this great honor," said Mr. Rollins, "In honoring me, the Kennedy Center honors jazz, America's classical music. For that, I am very grateful." Other jazz artists who have been Kennedy Center Honorees are: Ella Fitzgerald (1978), Count Basie (1981), Benny Goodman (1982), Dizzy Gillespie (1990), Lionel Hampton (1992), Benny Carter (1996), Quincy Jones (2001), and Dave Brubeck (2009). The Gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 27, 2011 at 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT.
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