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Coleman Hawkins

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the saxophonist known as the father of the jazz tenor, Coleman Hawkins, a musician who produced many important masterpieces over a 40-year career.

Adolphe Sax may have invented the saxophone, but it was perfected by Coleman Hawkins. In a programme first heard in 2013, Geoffrey Smith celebrates the father of the jazz tenor whose massive tone, potent attack and harmonic daring challenged everyone who came after him, producing a legacy of masterpieces over a forty-year career.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 19 Jul 2015 00:00

Music Played

  • Coleman Hawkins

    The Stampede

    Composer: Henderson Performers: Coleman Hawkins, ts; Joe Smith, Russell Smith, t; Rex Stewart, cornet; Benny Morton, tb; Don Redman, as, cl, arr; Buster Bailey, cl; Fletcher Henderson, p; Charlie Dixon, bjo; Bob Escudero, tuba; Kaiser Marshall, d. May 1926

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 549 085-2. Tr.1 (1.24).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

    Composer: Johnson, Creamer Performers: Coleman Hawkins, ts; Eddie Condon, bjo; Jack Bland, g; Red McKenzie, vocal through paper and comb; Pee Wee Russell, cl; Glenn Miller, tb; Al Morgan, b; Gene Krupa, d. November 1929

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 549 085-2. Tr. 2 (3.26).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Queer Notions

    Composer: Hawkins Performers: Coleman Hawkins, ts; Henry Red Allen, Russell Smith, Bobby Stark, t; Dicky Wells, Sandy Williams, tb; Hilton Jefferson, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Fletcher Henderson, p; Bernard Addison, g; John Kirby, b; Walter Johnson, d; Horace Henderson, arr. August 1933

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 549 085-2. Tr.3 (2.47).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Crazy Rhythm

    Composer: Caesar, Meyer, Wolfe Khan Performers: Coleman Hawkins, ts; Benny Carter, as; Andre Ekyan, as; Alix Combelle, ts; Stephane Grappelli, p; Django Reinhardt, g; Eugene d’Hellemmes, bs; Tommy Benford, d. April 1937

    • Django Reinhardt: Swing in Paris, 1936 - 1940.
    • Affinity.
    • AFS 1003-5. D2, Tr. 12 (2.58).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Body and Soul

    Composer: Green, Heyman, Eyton Performers: Coleman Hawkins, ts: Joe Guy, Tommy Lindsay, t; Earl Hardy, tb; Jackie Fields, Eustis Moore, as; Gene Rodgers, p; William Oscar Smith, b; Arthur Herbert. D October 1939

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 549 085-2. Tr. 6 (3.00).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    The Man I Love

    Composer: G & I Gershwin Performers: Coleman Hawkins, ts; Eddie Heywood, p; Oscar Pettiford , b; Shelly Manne, d. December 1943

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 549 085-2. Tr 7 (5.07).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Bean at the Met

    Composer: Hawkins Performers: Coleman Hawkins, ts; Roy Eldridge, t; Teddy Wilson, p; Billy Taylor, b; Cozy Cole, d. January 1944

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 549 085-2. Tr. 8 (3.01).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Disorder at the Border

    Composer: Hawkins Performers: Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Ray Abrahams, ts; Dizzy Gillespie, Vic Coulson, Ed Vandever, t; Leo Parker, Leonard Lowry, as; Budd Johnson, bs; Clyde Hart, p; Oscar Pettiford, b; Max Roach, d. March 1944

    • Swing into Bop.
    • Topaz.
    • TPZ 1028. Tr. 12 (2.49).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    I Mean You

    Composer: Hawkins, Monk Performers: Coleman Hawkins, ts; Fats Navarro, tp; J.J. Johnson, tb; Porter Kilbert, as; Hank Jones, p; Curly Russell, b; Max Roach, d. December 1946.

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 549 085-2. Tr, 10 (3.01).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Picasso

    Composer: Hawkins Performers: Coleman Hawkins, ts 1947?

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 549 085-2. Tr. 13 (3.14).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Ruby My Dear

    Composer: Monk Performers: Thelonious Monk , p; Coleman Hawkins, ts; Wilbur Ware, b; Art Blakey, d. June 1957

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 549 085-2. Tr. 15 (5.23).
  • Benny Carter

    Honeysuckle Rose

    Composer: Razaf, Waller Performers: Benny Carter, Phil Woods, as; Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Rouse, ts; John Collins, g; Dick Katz, p; Jimmy Garrison, b; Jo Jones, d. November 1961

    • Further Definitions: Benny Carter.
    • Impulse!.
    • IMP 12292. Tr.1 (3.49).
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Mack the Knife

    Composer: Weill, Brecht Performers: Coleman Hawkins, ts; Tommy Flanagan, p; Major Holley, b; Eddie Locke, d. August 1962

    • Hawkins Alive at the Village Gate.
    • Verve.
    • VLP 9044. S2/1 (8.40).
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra & Coleman Hawkins

    The Stampede

    • Ken Burns Jazz.
    • Verve.
    • 1.
  • Mound City Blue Blowers & Coleman Hawkins

    If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

    • Ken Burns Jazz â?? Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 2.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra & Coleman Hawkins

    Queer Notions

    • Ken Burns Jazz.
    • Verve.
    • 3.
  • Django Reinhardt & Coleman Hawkins

    Crazy Rhythm

    • Django Reinhardt Swing in Paris 1936 - 1940.
    • Affinity.
    • 12.
  • Coleman Hawkins & Coleman Hawkins

    Body And Soul

    • Ken Burns Jazz : Definitive Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 2.
  • Coleman Hawkins

    The Man I Love

    Performer: Coleman Hawkins. Performer: Coleman Hawkins. Performer: Shelly Manne. Performer: Oscar Pettiford. Performer: Eddie Heywood.
    • Ken Burns Jazz Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 7.
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Bean At The Met

    Performer: Coleman Hawkins. Performer: Coleman Hawkins. Performer: Billy Taylor.
    • Ken Burns Jazz Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 8.
  • Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra

    Disorder At The Border

    • Swing into Bop.
    • Topaz.
    • 12.
  • Coleman Hawkins And Band & Coleman Hawkins

    I Mean You

    • KEN BURNS JAZZ.
    • Verve.
    • 10.
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Picasso

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Verve.
    • 13.
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Ruby My Dear

    Performer: Wilbur Ware. Performer: Coleman Hawkins. Performer: Coleman Hawkins. Performer: Thelonious Monk.
    • KEN BURNS JAZZ.
    • Verve.
    • 15.
  • Benny Carter

    Honeysuckle Rose

    Performer: Benny Carter. Performer: Coleman Hawkins.
    • Further Definitions.
    • MCA.
    • 1.
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Mack The Knife

    Performer: Eddie Locke. Performer: Tommy Flanagan. Performer: Coleman Hawkins. Performer: Coleman Hawkins. Performer: Major Holley.
    • Hawkins Alive at the Village Gate.
    • Verve.
    • 1.

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