Coleman Hawkins

1904 - 1969

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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". Hawkins biographer John Chilton described the prevalent styles of tenor saxophone solos prior to Hawkins as "mooing" and "rubbery belches." Hawkins cited as influences Happy Caldwell, Stump Evans, and Prince Robinson, although he was the first to tailor his method of improvisation to the saxophone rather than imitate the techniques of the clarinet. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Coleman Hawkins has received more than 615,332 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Coleman Hawkins is the 354th most popular musician (down from 324th in 2019), the 1,965th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,732nd in 2019) and the 108th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Coleman Hawkins ranks 354 out of 2,675Before him are Farid al-Atrash, Jack Bruce, Adrian Smith, Pat Metheny, Richie Sambora, and Mick Taylor. After him are Steve Morse, Billy Ray Cyrus, Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Wayne Shorter, Barış Manço, and David Helfgott.

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Among people born in 1904, Coleman Hawkins ranks 77Before him are Isamu Noguchi, Henri Cartan, Walther Hewel, Yves Congar, Georges Canguilhem, and Sergey Biryuzov. After him are Viktor Brack, Edmond Hamilton, Mihai Antonescu, Joseph M. Juran, Ralph Bellamy, and Elyesa Bazna. Among people deceased in 1969, Coleman Hawkins ranks 56Before him are Wilhelm Backhaus, Korney Chukovsky, Ernest Ansermet, Lucien Bianchi, Léon Brillouin, and Vesto Slipher. After him are Jiří Trnka, Zakir Husain, René Barrientos, Joseph Kosma, Leo McCarey, and Grażyna Bacewicz.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Coleman Hawkins ranks 1,965 out of 15,968Before him are Karl Barry Sharpless (1941), James Bond (1900), John DeLorean (1925), Richie Sambora (1959), William Daniel Phillips (1948), and Susan Sullivan (1942). After him are Josiah Warren (1798), Kathleen Turner (1954), Steve Morse (1954), Clement Greenberg (1909), Rick Riordan (1964), and Edmond Hamilton (1904).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Coleman Hawkins ranks 108Before him are Ry Cooder (1947), Steve Vai (1960), Robby Krieger (1946), Bobby McFerrin (1950), Pat Metheny (1954), and Richie Sambora (1959). After him are Steve Morse (1954), Billy Ray Cyrus (1961), Wayne Shorter (1933), Moby (1965), John Densmore (1944), and Peter Criss (1945).