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Coleman Hawkins

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: November 21, 1904 | Died: May 19, 1969    

Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins single-handedly brought the saxophone to the prominence in jazz that the instrument enjoys. Before he hit the scene, jazz groups had little use for the instrument. One player (forgot who) said, “with all due respect to Adolph Sax, Coleman Hawkins invented the saxophone.” Hawkins, or “Bean”, as he was known as, started playing cello at a young age before switching to the saxophone. He was a lifelong listener of classical music, and as a result, his knowledge of music theory was far ahead of his peers. Whereas Louis Armstrong improvised his solos based on the melody, Hawkins based his on the harmony and had a strong sense of rhythm....
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    Hawkins! Eldridge! Hodges! Alive! + Alive! At The Village Gate

    Sound Grammar
    2012
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    Kind Of Hawkins

    Sound Grammar
    2011
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    Three Classic Albums Plus

    Sound Grammar
    2011
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    Today And Now / Desafinado

    Sound Grammar
    2011
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    The High and Mighty Hawk

    Poll Winners Records
    2010
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    Live In '62 & '64

    Sound Grammar
    2009
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    Complete Live At The Bayou Club 1959

    Sound Grammar
    2008
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