This website was created to contain the discography for Coleman Hawkins – the father of Jazz saxophone.
The starting point for most of the information on this site is John Chilton’s “The Song of the Hawk” – a magnificent biography of Coleman Hawkins. Reading it, I felt the need for a comprehensive discography to set in context the events of his life and recordings. I have collected a great deal of information on sessions, songs, personnel and record issues and entered it into the discography database.
He had an active recording career from 1922 to 1965. Much of the material was issued originally on 78’s and LP’s with later reissues on many CD’s. I have identifies 276 Sessions, resulting in 1237 tracks of 861 tunes! I have tried to capture as much as I can but recognise that I have probably missed quite a lot. Please let me know if you spot any errors or omissions – I will gladly correct them.
The database was created using BRIAN – a discography tool created by Steve Albin. I have found this very easy to use and intuitive. Steve is very responsive to requests for help and new features. I can highly recommend BRIAN to anyone setting out on producing a discography.
An essential reference source has been the Mosaic box set “Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947”. This has a great wealth of discographic information as well as the historic tracks. A must for real fans of the Hawk. https://jazzhistoryonline.com/coleman-hawkins-mosaic/
A further source of information for Hawk’s early career is the DAHR (Directory of American Historic Recordings). This is searched by matrix number to give a full page of data on each track.