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Saint Joseph in Buchanan County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Coleman Randolph “Hawk” Hawkins

November 21, 1904 - May 19, 1969

 

“Body and Soul”

 
Coleman Randolph "Hawk" Hawkins Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 6, 2013
1. Coleman Randolph "Hawk" Hawkins Marker
Inscription.

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Coleman Hawkins got his first saxophone at age nine and was traveling coast to coast, recording with Mamie Smith and the Jazz Hounds while still in his teens. Credited with making the sax a solo jazz instrument, "Hawk" was the dominant jazz saxophonist for four decades, through the periods of hot jazz, swing and bop, fronting his own bands and working with all the greats including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. With his distinctive, full-bodied sound, Coleman Hawkins' recordings remain revered today by jazz lovers around the world. The bronze image, created by Herb Mignery, was unveiled June 20, 2008, on the tenth anniversary of the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival.
 
Erected 2008 by Coleman Hawkins Jazz Society.
 
Location. 39° 46.017′ N, 94° 51.096′ W. Marker is in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in Buchanan County. Marker is at the intersection of Felix Street and 7th Street, on the left when traveling east on Felix Street. Click for map. Monument is in Coleman Hawkins Park. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MO 64501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kirkpatrick Building (within shouting distance of this marker);
Coleman Randolph "Hawk" Hawkins Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 6, 2013
2. Coleman Randolph "Hawk" Hawkins Monument
Christ Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); German-American Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Krug Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ballinger Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Queen of the River Towns King of the Trails" (about 600 feet away); Donnell Court Building (about 600 feet away); Pioneer Building (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Saint Joseph.
 
Also see . . .
1. Coleman "Hawk" Hawkins Bio at Red Hot Jazz. (Submitted on July 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Coleman Hawkins, Father Of The Tenor Sax. (Submitted on July 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Coleman Hawkins Bio at PBS. (Submitted on July 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Coleman Hawkins Jazz Society of Saint Joseph MO. (Submitted on July 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, Music
 
Coleman Randolph "Hawk" Hawkins Statue image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 6, 2013
3. Coleman Randolph "Hawk" Hawkins Statue
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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