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Adrian RolliniThe Life and Music of a Jazz Rambler$
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Ate van Delden

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496825155

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496825155.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Adrian Rollini

Ate van Delden

University Press of Mississippi

New Yorker Adrian Rollini was a child prodigy, playing the piano in public before he was five years old. Twenty years later he became a celebrity for playing the bass saxophone, a musical instrument that nobody before or after him played with as much originality, artistry, and craftsmanship. Another ten years later his instrument of choice was the vibraphone, and again he had few peers. By the forties, Adrian was no longer in the limelight. He eventually followed his desire to pursue his fishing hobby, buying a property on Key Largo in Florida and exploiting it as a fishing lodge. Unlike today, the Florida Keys were undeveloped territory; Adrian’s place offered little luxury, but was excellent for fishing. He continued to make music for pleasure, but only rarely would he perform for an audience that he did not know. In 1956 Adrian Rollini passed away at the age of fifty-three. At the time few noticed, not even those who knew him....

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