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The Career Of Coleman Hawkins: Father Of The Tenor Saxophone

Dec 11, 2014

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, December 14 will be “The Career of Coleman Hawkins: the Father of the Tenor Saxophone."  Coleman Hawkins was the first to recognize the beauty and utility of the tenor saxophone.  Before he came along, it was a novelty instrument.  Since his first recording in 1921, Hawkins has paved the way for a lot of tenor players and influenced many.  He is known as the “father of the tenor saxophone.” We will listen to his 47-year career that includes music with Fletcher Henderson, St. Louis's own Pee Wee Russell, Earl Hines, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane.

The Slide Show shows pictures of some of the musicians heard on this show.

This Archive of the show will be available until the morning of December 22, 2014.

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Here is a video of a performance in Brussels in 1962 with Coleman Hawkins (ts) Georges Arvanitas (p) Mickey Baker (g) Jimmy Woode (b) Kansas Fields (d).