Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins
1904 - 1969
Coleman Hawkins  American Musician

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First Name Coleman
Middle Name Randolph
Last Name Hawkins
Full Name at Birth Coleman Randolph Hawkins
Alternative Name "Bean", "Hawk", Coleman Hawkins, Coleman Randolph Hawkins
Age 64 (age at death) years
Birthday 21st November, 1904
Birthplace St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Died 19th May, 1969
Place of Death New York City, New York, USA
Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Height 5' 7" (170 cm)
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Nationality American
Occupation Text Soundtrack | Actor | Music Department
Occupation Musician
Music Genre (Text) Swing music, Bebop, Jazz
Music Genre Jazz
Year(s) Active 1921–1969
Music Style Bop
Music Mood Elegant
Instrument Clarinet
Instrument (text) Tenor saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Clarinet
Associated Acts Ben Webster, Max Roach

Coleman Randolph Hawkins (November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969), 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. Hawkins' virtuosic, arpeggiated approach to improvisation, with his characteristic rich, emotional, loud, and vibrato-laden tonal style, was the main influence on a generation of tenor players that included Chu Berry, Charlie Barnet, Tex Beneke, Ben Webster, Vido Musso, Herschel Evans, Buddy Tate, and Don Byas, and through them the later tenormen, Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, Ike Quebec, Al Sears, Paul Gonsalves, and Lucky Thompson. While Hawkins became well known with swing music during the big band era, he had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s.

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