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|
|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.
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
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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