I met with Sonny Rollins on Feb. 28, 2011 to conduct this oral history interview for the Smithsonian. I purposely chose to avoid the questions that Sonny been asked so many times before, especially the stories that have been documented in various biographies, jazz history books and articles. Here is pt. 1 of the interview, which now appears on Sonny’s web page. Thank you Sonny Rollins, Ken Kimery and Bret Primack.