Coleman Hawkins

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...every time we came in after a road trip I always had me some new things... I'd hear somebody playing something, or something that sounded good...We come back into New York and I come in and I come up with this, I got some new riffs

Coleman Hawkins, You Tube Interview, 3 January 2010

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”. While Hawkins is strongly associated with the swing music and big band era, he had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s.