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Coleman Hawkins
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1904-11-21
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The first great tenor soloist in jazz history, Hawkins was, along with Lester Young, one of the two most influential saxophonists of the swing era. His huge, breathy sound, and his brilliant command of harmony ensured a perfect match of ...

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The first great tenor soloist in jazz history, Hawkins was, along with Lester Young, one of the two most influential saxophonists of the swing era. His huge, breathy sound, and his brilliant command of harmony ensured a perfect match of emotion and technique in his playing.

He continued to be an influential figure well into the bebop era, in which the new harmonies and ideas of modern jazz held no terrors for him. As a child he studied piano, then cello and finally tenor sax. At seventeen he played in a Kansas theatre before going on the road with blues singer Mamie Smith. From 1924-34, he was a member of Fletcher Henderson's orchestra, during which time he established the tenor sax as a major solo instrument, notably on pieces such as The Stampede.

From 1934-9 he worked as a soloist in Europe, recording in several countries and developing his technique. On his return, he cut his finest disc, Body and Soul, which became one of the most celebrated of all jazz recordings. He led a series of small groups, and in the mid-40s recorded with several bebop players including Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach. Other members of his groups were also modernists including Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis.

In the 1950s he often appeared in Jazz At The Philharmonic tours, co-led a band with Roy Eldridge, and toured for much of the 1960s as a soloist. His prolific recording activity included discs with Sonny Rollins and Duke Ellington, but throughout his life and in every context, he retained his highly individual sound and immediately recognisable tone.



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My Melancholy Baby
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My Melancholy Baby My Melancholy Baby My Melancholy Baby My Melancholy Baby
Charlie Persip, Flip Ricard, Jerome Richardson, Doug Watkins, Coleman Hawkins, Big Joe Turner, Vic Dickenson & Jimmy Jones
Rebecca
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Rebecca Rebecca Rebecca Rebecca
Zoot Sims, Phil Woods & Coleman Hawkins
Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
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Jumpin' With Symphony Sid Jumpin' With Symphony Sid Jumpin' With Symphony Sid Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins
Self Portrait of the Bean
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Self Portrait of the Bean Self Portrait of the Bean Self Portrait of the Bean Self Portrait of the Bean
Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Aaron Bell, Sam Woodyard & Lawrence Brown
Wanderlust
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Wanderlust Wanderlust Wanderlust Wanderlust
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Bean And The Boys
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Bean And The Boys Bean And The Boys Bean And The Boys Bean And The Boys
Tiny Grimes, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Shavers, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Bryant, George Duvivier & Osie Johnson
Stealin' The Bean
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Stealin' The Bean Stealin' The Bean Stealin' The Bean Stealin' The Bean

Stealin' The Bean

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Tiny Grimes, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Shavers, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Bryant, George Duvivier & Osie Johnson
Coleman Hawkins
All The Things You Are
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All The Things You Are All The Things You Are All The Things You Are All The Things You Are
Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, John Lewis, Percy Heath & Connie Kay
The Walker
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The Walker The Walker The Walker The Walker
Billy Taylor, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson & Cozy Cole
'Swonderful
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'Swonderful 'Swonderful 'Swonderful 'Swonderful
Ronnell Bright, Coleman Hawkins, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter & Andrew Cyrille
I'll Never Be The Same (feat. Ron Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Andrew Cyrille & Kenny Burrell)
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I'll Never Be The Same (feat. Ron Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Andrew Cyrille & Kenny Burrell) I'll Never Be The Same (feat. Ron Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Andrew Cyrille & Kenny Burrell) I'll Never Be The Same (feat. Ron Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Andrew Cyrille & Kenny Burrell) I'll Never Be The Same (feat. Ron Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Andrew Cyrille & Kenny Burrell)
Mound City Blue Blowers, Gene Krupa, Coleman Hawkins, Red McKenzie, Pee Wee Russell & Glen Miller
Hello Lola (feat. Red McKenzie, Glen Miller, Coleman Hawkins, Pee Wee Russell & Gene Krupa)
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Hello Lola (feat. Red McKenzie, Glen Miller, Coleman Hawkins, Pee Wee Russell & Gene Krupa) Hello Lola (feat. Red McKenzie, Glen Miller, Coleman Hawkins, Pee Wee Russell & Gene Krupa) Hello Lola (feat. Red McKenzie, Glen Miller, Coleman Hawkins, Pee Wee Russell & Gene Krupa) Hello Lola (feat. Red McKenzie, Glen Miller, Coleman Hawkins, Pee Wee Russell & Gene Krupa)
Coleman Hawkins
What Harlem is To Me
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What Harlem is To Me What Harlem is To Me What Harlem is To Me What Harlem is To Me
Coleman Hawkins
Disorder at the Border
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Disorder at the Border Disorder at the Border Disorder at the Border Disorder at the Border
Coleman Hawkins
If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
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If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Coleman Hawkins
Love Song from Apache
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Love Song from Apache Love Song from Apache Love Song from Apache Love Song from Apache
Coleman Hawkins
Sunny Side of The Street
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Sunny Side of The Street Sunny Side of The Street Sunny Side of The Street Sunny Side of The Street
Coleman Hawkins
Passing It Around
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Passing It Around Passing It Around Passing It Around Passing It Around
Coleman Hawkins
Blues For Yolanda
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Blues For Yolanda Blues For Yolanda Blues For Yolanda Blues For Yolanda
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