Coleman Hawkins

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Date of Birth November 21, 1904
Place of Birth Missouri
Date of Death May 19, 1969 (64)
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Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Randolph Hawkins, nicknamed "Hawk" and sometimes "Bean", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim E. Berendt explained: "there were some tenor players before him, but the instrument was not an acknowledged jazz horn". Hawkins biographer John Chilton described the prevalent styles of tenor saxophone solos prior to Hawkins as "mooing" and "rubbery belches." Hawkins cited as influences Happy Caldwell, Stump Evans, and Prince Robinson, although he was the first to tailor his method of improvisation to the saxophone rather than imitate the techniques of the clarinet.

Birth name: Coleman Randolph Hawkins
Also known as: "Bean", "Hawk"
Born: November 21, 1904, Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Died: May 19, 1969, New York City, United States
Genres: Jazz, Swing music, bebop
Instruments: Tenor saxophone, bass saxophone, clarinet
Years active: 1921–1969
Associated acts: Ben Webster, Max Roach
IMDb: Coleman Hawkins's IMDb

About Coleman Hawkins

Tenor saxophonist who was a master of jazz, swing, and bebop. He collaborated with a variety of groups and artists, including Jazz at the Philharmonic.

Before Fame

He could play piano, cello, and saxophone by age nine and was touring Kansas by age fourteen.


As a jazz tenor saxophonist, he toured with Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds.

Family Life

He got married to his wife Dolores and they had three children together.


Miles Davis once said he learned to play ballads from Hawkins.

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