All Night Jazz: Dominic Walker - Astronomer Edwin Hubble
This week on All Night Jazz we’ll focus on saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Born in Missouri on November 18, 1904, Hawkins helped define the tenor saxophone as a jazz instrument. Known as “The Hawk” and sometimes “The Bean”, Hawkins became a journeyman section player before coming to prominence with the Fletcher Henderson band in the mid-1930s. After a European tour in 1939, Hawkins returned to the United States to record an outstanding version of the classic “Body and Soul,” that critics said was as major a breakthrough for jazz as Louis Armstrong’s hit “West End Blues” was. Hawkins had an affinity for all styles of jazz and recorded with a wide variety of all-stars including Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and others. We’ll hear the pioneering style of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins all this week on All Night Jazz.
Tonight (MONDAY) on All Night Jazz, the “Other Nine to Five,” Dominic Walker will orbit into outer space on our Jazz Trip@Ten on the anniversary of the birth of astronomer Edwin Hubble. Plus our week-long tribute to saxophone pioneer, Coleman Hawkins, continues. Then later, on the Midnight Standard, we’ll hear another version of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.”