Coleman Hawkins
Born: 1904

Coleman Hawkins single-handedly brought the
saxophone to the prominence in jazz that the instrument
enjoys. Before he hit the scene, jazz groups had little
use for the instrument. One player (forgot who) said,
“with all due respect to Adolph Sax, Coleman Hawkins
invented the saxophone.” Hawkins, or “Bean”, as he was
known as, started playing cello at a young age before
switching to the saxophone. He was a lifelong listener of
classical music, and as a result, his knowledge of music
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