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Coleman Hawkins in 1946.
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November 21, 2012 Starting in the 1920s, Hawkins made an afterthought of an instrument into one of the sounds we most identify with jazz. He also straddled the era of big band swing and later developments like bebop. Here are five songs that illustrate his genius.
October 19, 2009 There are thousands of apple varieties — even a new breed called "Jazz." Much like the music that lends its name to this autumn delight, Jazz is a hybrid. The time is ripe for planning that apple-picking day trip, so get the caramel ready for five crisp, fleshy jazz tunes related to a certain favorite fall fruit.
July 21, 2008 Fresh Air's jazz critic has a listen to a re-issue of The Hawk Flies High, the 1957 album from tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins — who's often credited with legitimizing that instrument in the jazz world.
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July 17, 2007 In a career that spans seven decades, pianist Hank Jones has worked with everyone who's anyone in jazz, including Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Billie Holiday. One of the last of his era, Jones celebrates the legends of his time, seeming to downplay his own genius.
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June 1, 2006 Tap dance pop from Tilly and the Wall; Angular '70s new wave from Delta 5; The '80s unplugged with Tommy Tutone; Jazz sax legend Coleman Hawkins; The electronica of I Am Robot and Proud; Australian art pop singer New Buffalo; Senegalese polyrhythms from Cheikh Lo.
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November 23, 2004 This week marks the centennial of the birth of Coleman Hawkins, the jazz saxophonist who helped define his instrument. A new recording compiles some of Coleman Hawkins' best work, and critic Jim Fusilli says it's a must-have for any fan of American music.
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November 20, 2004 The legendary jazzman Coleman Hawkins would have been 100 years old Sunday. Music historians say masterpieces such as "Body and Soul" and Hawkins' dexterity on the tenor saxophone helped change the genre. His love of classical music also informed his music. Tom Vitale reports.
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November 9, 2004 The soulful and inspired Ray LaMontagne; The homespun songs of Amy Correia; Listening to TV on the Radio; The unpredictable Vincent & Mr. Green; Ever-dry, ironic rockers Cake; Jazz saxophone great Coleman Hawkins; The meditative music of Georges Gurdjieff. Featured Artist: John Lennon.
August 1, 2001 According to jazz critic Murray Horwitz, Coleman Hawkins "virtually invented the tenor saxophone." Hawkins' album, A Retrospective 1929-1963, traces his prolific career from his early jazz riffs with Fletcher Henderson to collaborations with Sonny Rollins in the 1960s.
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American jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in concert with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, November 27th, 1960.
March 6, 2000 Tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins' 1939 performance of "Body and Soul" was a great evolutionary leap for jazz. It became a hit right away, but Hawkins never played it the same way again, preferring to create new styles rather than replay those already in the jazz vernacular.
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