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Tenor sax legend Sonny Rollins took home three honors from the Jazz Awards ceremony last week. (Associated Press)

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Tenor sax legend Sonny Rollins took home three honors from the Jazz Awards ceremony last week. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins performs during a concert in Tokyo in October 2010. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, File)

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** FILE ** Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins performs during a concert in Tokyo in October 2010. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, File)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (left) and former President Bill Clinton (right) pose with 2011 Kennedy Center Honorees (front row from left) Sonny Rollins, Barbara Cook, (back row from second from left) Yo-Yo Ma, Meryl Streep and Neil Diamond at the State Department following a dinner and reception on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins has lived up to the ambitious title of his legendary 1956 album "The Saxophone Colossus." Among his many serious honors is a humorous one: inspiring a "Simpsons" character called Bleeding Gums Murphy.