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  Coleman Hawkins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Coleman Randolph Hawkins, nicknamed "Hawk" and sometimes "Bean", (November 21, 1904 - May 19, 1969) was a prominent jazz tenor saxophone musician.
Coleman Hawkins was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri in 1904.
Coleman Hawkins (incorrectly spelled 'Haskins' in the caption) pictured in the Topeka High School orchestra from the 1921 yearbook.
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 Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins was the first great saxophonist of Jazz.
Hawkins stayed with Smith until 1923, and appeared on some of her records.
Hawkins was one of the few Hot Jazz musicians who made the shift to Be Bop in the Forties.
www.redhotjazz.com /hawkins.html   (392 words)

 Coleman Hawkins, Father Of The Tenor Sax
Hawkins (born 1904, St. Joseph, Mo.) was not the first Jazzman to play the tenor but he was the leader in transforming it into a fully expressive, hard driving Jazz instrument.
Hawkin's technique and style continued to develop and by 1933 he had already mastered two important Jazz tenor styles: the hard-driving explosive riff and the smooth flowing ballad form.
Hawkins was not only a pioneer on his instrument who set the stage for all he others.
www.redhotjazz.com /hawkinsaticle.html   (1290 words)

 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins was taught piano from the age of five by his mother, a schoolteacher who played organ.
Hawkins returned to England on March 11, 1939 and commenced a tour sponsored by the Selmer instrument company, where he was accompanied by local musicians at each performance.
Hawkins began to exhibit signs of emotional distress during the last two years of his life and was seriously affected by alcoholism.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_hawkins_coleman.htm   (1213 words)

 VH1.com : Coleman Hawkins : Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Coleman Hawkins was the first important tenor saxophonist and he remains one of the greatest of all time.
Coleman Hawkins started piano lessons when he was five, switched to cello at age seven, and two years later began on tenor.
Hawkins was with the blues singer until June 1923, making many records in a background role and he was occasionally heard on instrumentals.
www.vh1.com /artists/az/hawkins_coleman/bio.jhtml   (932 words)

 Coleman Hawkins - Jazz Saxophone Innovator - The Man   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Coleman Hawkins was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on November 21, 1904.
Hawkins received his first saxophone for his ninth birthday and was competent enough to play it at school dances by age twelve.
Hawkins was able to adapt his sound and he worked with Roy Eldridge, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane to further develop and modernize his sound.
www.duke.edu /~msp5/MUSIC140/the_man.html   (641 words)

 Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins single-handedly brought the saxophone to the prominence in jazz that the instrument enjoys.
Hawkins hit New York at the age of 20 and quickly established himself, as he became the star of the Fletcher Henderson band.
When bebop hit the scene in the early 40s, Hawkins was one of its early supporters and in 1944, he led the first bebop recording, featuring Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach.
airjudden.tripod.com /jazz/colemanhawkins.html   (438 words)

 Solid! -- Coleman Hawkins Biography
A master of the tenor sax, Coleman Hawkins was one of the most important jazz figures of the 20th Century.
Hawkins' solo on his 1939 version of ''Body and Soul'' is considered a masterpiece and a true classic of American music.
Hawkins left the Jazz Hounds in mid-1923 and worked freelance around the New York area until joining Fletcher Henderson in 1924.
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 Coleman Hawkins
A professional when he was 12, Hawkins was playing in a Kansas City theater pit band in 1921, when Mamie Smith hired him to play with her Jazz Hounds.
The up-and-coming Sonny Rollins considered Hawkins his main influence, Hawk started teaming up regularly with Roy Eldridge in an exciting quintet (their appearance at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival was notable), and he proved to still be in his prime.
Coleman Hawkins appeared in a wide variety of settings, from Red Allen's heated Dixieland band at the Metropole and leading a bop date featuring Idrees Sulieman and J.J. Johnson, to guest appearances on records that included Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and (in the early '60s) Max Roach and Eric Dolphy.
www.djangomusic.com /artist_bio.asp?id=R+++166312   (884 words)

 Bluebird Jazz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Hawkins then spent a year on the West Coast, recording with Pettiford and another modernist, Howard McGhee (all three appeared in a film, Crimson Canary).
From 1946 to the early Fifties, Hawkins was such a star that he could pick the spots when he felt like joining the burgeoning touring circuit?even eliciting the impresario Norman Granz?s fawning gratitude when he chose to join his Jazz at the Philharmonic.
Hawkins was an artist of such integrity that he never veered from the path that he?d chosen in his youth.
www.bluebirdjazz.com /artists/artist.jsp?id=104252   (965 words)

 Jazz Artist Biography - Coleman Hawkins@ jazzreview.com
Hawkin's first regular job, beginning in the spring of 1921, was playing in the orchestra of the 12th Street Theater in Kansas City.
Hawkins dressed in the most expensive clothes, drove the fastest cars on Henderson's tours and quickly established himself as the Attila of Jazz saxophone, ruthlessly cutting down anyone rash enough to challenge him.
Hawkins was a brilliant musical thinker who was remarkably open to new developments in jazz as well as classical music; this was reflected in both his personnel and the repertory of his groups.
www.jazzreview.com /articledetails.cfm?ID=149   (1015 words)

 Coleman Hawkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Coleman Randolph Hawkins was born on November 21, 1904 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Coleman's mother was musically inclined and she began teaching him to play the piano when he was just five years old.
Coleman learned to play the cello at age seven and he began playing tenor saxophone at age nine.
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 Coleman Hawkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Hawkins joined Fletcher Henderson 's Orchestra which whom he played through 1934 sometimes doubling on clarinet and bass saxophone.
During the mid to late 1930s Hawkins Europe as a soloist playing with Jack Hylton Django Reinhardt and many other groups until returning the USA in 1939.
Hawkins thereafter divided his time between New and Europe making numerous feelance recordings including Duke Ellington in 1962.
www.freeglossary.com /Coleman_Hawkins   (387 words)

 CATALOG: COLEMAN HAWKINS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As he did at so many points in his illustrious career, Coleman Hawkins emerged from a period of relative indifference on the part of the recording industry to display his undiminished command of the tenor saxophone on this 1957 blowing session.
Coleman Hawkins is frequently identified as the father of the tenor saxophone.
They were Coleman Hawkins, who reinvented the tenor as a jazz instrument; Buddy Tate, star of the Basie band and later his own Celebrity Club orchestra; and Arnett Cobb, the uninhibited "Wild Man of the Tenor Sax" who enlivened Lionel Hampton's band for five years.
www.fantasyjazz.com /catalog/hawkins_c_cat.html   (1269 words)

Hawkins arrived in England on March 30, 1934 and toured as the guest of Hylton's band.
Hawkins' improvisations were mostly on the beat, while Young's airy vibrato-less tone usually carried him above the beat.
Hawkins began to exhibit signs of emotional distress during the last two years of his life and years of heavy drinking began to take their toll.
www.jamaicaobserver.com /lifestyle/html/20050319T200000-0500_77156_OBS_COLEMAN_HAWKINS__GIVING_WING_TO_THE_SAX.asp   (969 words)

 Amazon.com: Music: Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Coleman Hawkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Coleman Hawkins had one of the longest creative careers in jazz, and this compilation, spanning every decade in which he recorded (and accompanying Ken Burns's 10-part documentary Jazz), emphasizes that his imagination was as enduring as his ruggedly bristling tenor saxophone sound.
While many of his generation resisted the bebop revolution of the 1940s, Hawkins was a notable sponsor, among the first to hire its exponents and to record tunes like Dizzy Gillespie's "Woody 'n' You" and Thelonious Monk's "I Mean You." In the later years of his career, he played across a broad spectrum of jazz.
Coleman Hawkins released so much music over his lifetime in so many styles of jazz that this is a good sampler.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000050I3Q?v=glance   (1154 words)

 Coleman Hawkins - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
He was an important pioneer on the instrument, sometimes known as The Father of Jazz Saxophone playing.
Coleman Hawkins was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri and went to school in Kansas City, Missouri.
As far as I'm concerned, I think Coleman Hawkins was the President first, right?" Tenorman Lester Young, who was called "Pres", 1959 interview with Jazz Review.
encyclopedia.worldsearch.com /coleman_hawkins.htm   (484 words)

 Coleman Hawkins @ The Jazz Files
Hawkins had a large, heavy, sound that was far different from Young's lighter, cooler tone.
Hawkins became deeply involved in the bop revolution of the mid-40s, and his playing provided the improvisational foundation with his small combos on 52nd Street.
Although moving into the role of elder statesman in the '50s, Hawkins continued to test himself, and in mid-1963 recorded with the forward-looking group of Sonny Rollins for RCA.
www.thejazzfiles.com /JazzHawkins.html   (294 words)

 Coleman Hawkins
Before Hawkins, the saxophone (itself “born” in 1846) was mainly a favorite in marching bands and something of a novelty instrument in circus acts and vaudeville shows.
Coleman Hawkins and Benny Carter: In Paris (1935-1946, reissue DRG 1985)
Coleman Hawkins and renowed trumpet player Roy Eldridge (”Little Jazz”;) enjoyed working together, like they do here while touring with Norman Granz' Jazz at the Philharmonic in the 50's and at festivals like the famous one in Newport '59.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=305   (994 words)

 Coleman Hawkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In hisyouth he played piano and cello, and startedplaying sax at age 9; by age 16 he was playing professionally.
During the mid to late 1930s, Hawkins toured Europe as a soloist, playing with Jack Hylton, DjangoReinhardt and many other groups until returning to the USA in 1939.
When record collecters would play his early 1920s recordings during Hawkins' later years he would sometimesdeny his presence on them, since the playing on the old records sounded so dated.
www.therfcc.org /coleman-hawkins-60230.html   (293 words)

 African American Registry: Coleman Hawkins, a jazz tenor legend
*Coleman Hawkins was born on this date in 1904.
Coleman Randolph Hawkins was from St. Joseph, Missouri.
In his later years Coleman Hawkins continued to appear at Jazz festivals and clubs.
www.aaregistry.com /african_american_history/450/Coleman_Hawkins_a_jazz_tenor_legend   (202 words)

 Coleman Hawkins - Verve Records
Although his tenor saxophone style continued to evolve for about forty of those years, certain characteristics were constant: he always projected a big-toned and aggressive improvisational style grounded in a firm grasp of music theory and inspired by an appetite for fresh challenges.
Coleman Hawkins (1904–69) was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Despite its abstraction, it clicked with the public and Hawkins was required to play it for the rest of his career.
www.vervemusicgroup.com /artist.aspx?ob=per&src=prd&aid=2680   (455 words)

 Review - Coleman Hawkins: In A Mellow Tone   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Coleman Hawkins, the great tenor saxophonist, was an important jazz innovator who transformed the saxophone from a big-band, rhythmic instrument to a potent soloing force.
Hawkins had been playing and recording professionally for thirty years when most of these albums were made.
Hawkins coaxed a heavy sound from his tenor, and when playing ballads, his music is near irresistible.
www.cosmik.com /aa-august01/reviews/review_coleman_hawkins.html   (334 words)

 Hawkins, Coleman. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
He was part of Fletcher Henderson’s band from 1924 until 1934.
Hawkins established the tenor saxophone as a major jazz instrument.
Because his style constantly evolved, Hawkins was distinguished even in the company of avant-garde jazz musicians from 1945 until 1969.
www.bartleby.com /65/ha/HawkinsC.html   (124 words)

 A Review of The Song of the Hawk: The Life & Recordings of Coleman Hawkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The instrument that Hawk invented became arguably the definitive horn for jazz expression -- as Ornette Coleman put it, "the best statements Negroes have made of what their soul is have been on tenor saxophone." Coleman Hawkins was the daddy of it all, the first to play meaningful jazz on the tenor.
Hawkins fathered the warm, full-bodied, rhythmic approach that became the first standard for anyone striving to learn the tenor sax, and any genealogy of the horn leads inescapably back to him -- you can't name a tenor player who wasn't somehow influenced by the Hawk.
Hawkins was a strange man, a glamorous, sophisticated individual who was somehow at the same time a miserly loner.
www-cs.canisius.edu /~bucheger/HawkinsReview.html   (439 words)

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