Facts about Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins died at 64 years old
Born: November 21, 1904
Birthplace: St. Joseph, Missouri, United States
Best known as: Tenor sax player who had the hit "Body and Soul"
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Coleman Hawkins Biography
Coleman Hawkins distinguished himself as a tenor saxophone soloist in jazz orchestras during the 1920s and ’30s, recorded and toured in Europe for five years, then returned to America in 1939 with his own band and a hit record, "Body & Soul." With his distinctive full-bodied sound, "Hawk" (or "Bean") was the dominant jazz saxophonist for four decades, through the periods of hot jazz, swing and bop. He played with all the greats, from Bessie Smith and Duke Ellington to Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis.
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A Good Link
- Good meaty bio, from the PBS website for the series Jazz