The Jazz Groove — Coleman Hawkins

Father of the Jazz Tenor Sax — Body & Soul

Coleman Hawkins. Photo: William Claxton

The history of jazz would have been very different indeed without tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, who effectively introduced the instrument to jazz, turning it into the pre-eminent, and perhaps one of the most expressive, instrument of the music.

I was lucky enough to hear Hawkins play at Birmingham Town Hall back in the 1960s, in…

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