Coleman Hawkins (Coleman Randolph Hawkins)
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BiographySt. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Coleman Hawkins was called "The father of the tenor sax". He was a pioneer in this instrument, starting his career with the blues singer Mamie Smith in 1921. In 1923 he played with Fletcher Henderson until 1934. In this orchestra he was a partner of Louis Armstrong in 1924. In the mid-thirties he went to Europe and played with many musicians, for example Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and Benny Carter. In 1939 he returned to the USA and made a classic recording of "Body and Soul". The next year he formed his own big band. Read more... in 1969, in these last years he played with a small group with the trumpet player Roy Eldridge.