Top 15 Quotes & Sayings by Coleman Hawkins

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Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Randolph Hawkins, 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. Hawkins' virtuosic, arpeggiated approach to improvisation, with his characteristic rich, emotional, and vibrato-laden tonal style, was the main influence on a generation of tenor players that included Chu Berry, Charlie Barnet, Tex Beneke, Ben Webster, Vido Musso, Herschel Evans, Buddy Tate, and Don Byas, and through them the later tenormen, Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, Ike Quebec, Al Sears, Paul Gonsalves, and Lucky Thompson. While Hawkins became known with swing music during the big band era, he had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s.

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I made the tenor sax - there's nobody plays like me and I don't play like anybody else.
I honestly can't characterize my style in words. It seems that whatever comes to me naturally, I play.
Some people say there was no jazz tenor before me. All I know is I just had a way of playing and I didn't think in terms of any other instrument but the tenor.
If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying.
Music should always be an adventure.
If you don't make mistakes you are not really trying.
There's no such thing as bop music, but there's such a thing as progress.
I don't think about music as being new or modern. I just play. — © Coleman Hawkins
I don't think about music as being new or modern. I just play.
You can separate the men from the boys and ballads.
"If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying."
Some people say there was no jazz tenor before me. All I know is I just had a way of playing and I didn't think in terms of any other instrument but the tenor — © Coleman Hawkins
Some people say there was no jazz tenor before me. All I know is I just had a way of playing and I didn't think in terms of any other instrument but the tenor
I honestly can't characterize my style in words. It seems that whatever comes to me naturally, I play
If they think they are doing something new, they ought to do what I do every day - spend at least two hours every day listening to Johann Sebastian Bach and, man, it's all there. If they want to improvise around a theme,which is the essence of jazz, they should learn from the master. He never wastes a note, and he knows where every note is going and when to bring it back. Some of these cats go way out and forget where they began or what they started to do. Bach will clear it up for them.
I made the tenor sax - there's nobody plays like me and I don't play like anybody else
Some of my biggest moments have been in jam sessions, but I don't want to talk about them. There were always other people involved.
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