1921 to 1969
November 21, 1904 in Missouri
May 19, 1969
Saint Joseph, MO, United States
Coleman Randolph Hawkins (November 21, 1904 - May 19, 1969), nicknamed Hawk and sometimes "Bean", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. While Hawkins is strongly associated with the swing music and big band era, he had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s. Fellow saxophonist Lester Young, known as "Pres", commented in a 1959 interview with The Jazz Review: "As far as I'm concerned, I think Coleman Hawkins was the President first, right? As far as myself, I think I'm the second one." Miles Davis once said: "When I heard Hawk, I learned to play ballads." One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim E.