Coleman Hawkins
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"Coleman Randolph Hawkins", nicknamed "Hawk" and sometimes "Bean", was an United States/American jazz Tenor saxophone/tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim-Ernst Berendt/Joachim E. Berendt explained: "there were some tenor players before him, but the instrument was not an acknowledged jazz horn". 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."

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