21st November 1904 Born St Joseph, Missouri
1923, New York Joins the Fletcher Henderson orchestra.
“Dicty Blues” recorded Oct 23
1934 Tours England, Scotland and Wales with Jack Hylton. This is “Lullaby” by Hawkins with Stanley Black trio.
1935 In Europe. Records with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli., including “Stardust“
In 1935 in Holland with “The Ramblers”
Oct 11 1939 Records “Body and Soul”
Feb 22 1944 Records “Disorder at the Border” – one of the first bebop releases.
1945 “Coleman Hawkins on Asch” now included thanks to an update from Mark Ladenson
April 22 &23 1946 Jazz at the Philharmonic, with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Buck Clayton , and Buddy Rich. Starting with “JATP Blues“.
In June 47, Hawkins recorded with a sextet, including Miles Davis. The other horns are very much limited to background figures, but on “Bean-a-re-bop”, Miles does get a solo. This session fell between the Miles/Parker sessions which produced Donna Lee and Half Nelson.
July/Aug 1948 Records “Picasso” – an unaccompanied saxophone track
At Carnegie Hall in November ’56, Hawk appeared with Billie Holiday. This is “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” from that date.
June 1957 Session featuring Hawkins and John Coltrane that would yield the classic Monk’s Music album issued later that summer.
In 1960 he recorded on Max Roach’s We Insist! suite, a key jazz document which anticipated the political and social linkages that would develop between jazz and the civil rights movement during the coming decade.
In 1962 he recorded a Bossa Nova album with Tommy Flanagan. This included “O Pato” (The duck)
1962 Records with the Ellington band, including “Limbo Jazz“
in 1963 Hawkins recorded alongside Sonny Rollins for their collaborative album Sonny Meets Hawk!. This is “Yesterdays” from the session.
19th May 1969 Death in NYC