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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 669,387 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 34 in 2019). Coleman Hawkins is the 483rd most popular musician (down from 354th in 2019), the 2,631st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,964th in 2019) and the 145th most popular American Musician.

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  • 33

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  • 4.52

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.61

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Coleman Hawkins ranks 483 out of 2,662Before him are Milton Nascimento, Ginette Neveu, David Helfgott, Alexander Gradsky, Tommy Bolin, and Pat Metheny. After him are Steve Hackett, Rick Davies, Clifford Brown, Tito Puente, Billy Cobham, and Carlos Puebla.

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Among people born in 1904, Coleman Hawkins ranks 104Before him are Edmund Veesenmayer, Emilio Fernández, Karl Ernst, Max Mallowan, Nikolai Berzarin, and Arkady Gaidar. After him are Tadao Takayama, Delmer Daves, Joseph Valachi, Ding Ling, Leo Joseph Suenens, and Anna Mahler. Among people deceased in 1969, Coleman Hawkins ranks 76Before him are Kimon Georgiev, Meher Baba, Duke Adolf Friedrich of Mecklenburg, Thelma Ritter, Jeffrey Hunter, and Adolfo López Mateos. After him are Carlos Marighella, Peter van Eyck, Max Weinreich, Josef Blösche, Rómulo Gallegos, and John Kennedy Toole.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Coleman Hawkins ranks 2,631 out of 18,182Before him are Charles W. Fairbanks (1852), Patricia Clarkson (1959), Elgin Baylor (1934), Morton Feldman (1926), Robin Tunney (1972), and Gall (1840). After him are George B. McClellan (1826), Tom Savini (1946), Nelson Algren (1909), Carmine Coppola (1910), Joseph Heller (1923), and Sugar Ray Leonard (1956).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Coleman Hawkins ranks 145Before him are Philly Joe Jones (1923), Captain Beefheart (1941), Jason Newsted (1963), Dee Dee Ramone (1951), Tommy Bolin (1951), and Pat Metheny (1954). After him are Clifford Brown (1930), Tito Puente (1923), Randy Rhoads (1956), Joan Jett (1958), Lionel Hampton (1908), and Mick Mars (1951).