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Coleman Hawkins (1904–1969)

Coleman Hawkins was called "The father of the tenor sax". He was a pioneer in this instrument, starting his career with the blues singer Mamie Smith in 1921. In 1923 he played with Fletcher Henderson until 1934. In this orchestra he was a partner of Louis Armstrong in 1924. In the mid-thirties he went to Europe and played with many musicians, for ... See full bio »

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 2018/I Beautiful Boy (performer: "Sancticity") / (writer: "Sancticity")
 2018 Overboard (writer: "Hey Now")
 2018 Black Lightning (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Equinox: The Book of Fate (2018) ... (performer: "Think Deep")
  Bosch (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2017) (writer - 1 episode, 2015)
- God Sees (2017) ... (performer: "Cool Blues " - uncredited)
- Chapter Ten: Us and Them (2015) ... (performer: "Night Hawk" - uncredited) / (writer: "Night Hawk" - uncredited)
 2016 Mr. Church (performer: "Skrouk")
 2016 American Horror Story (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Be Our Guest (2016) ... (performer: "Body and Soul" - uncredited)
 2015/I Spotlight (performer: "Bean's Blues") / (writer: "Bean's Blues" - as Randolph Coleman Hawkins)
 2015 12.26.14 (Short) (performer: "Star Dust")
 2014 Small Time (performer: "Blues Wail")
 2014 Low Down (performer: "Think Deep")
 2013 Half of a Yellow Sun (writer: "Go Li'l Liza")
 2012 Bones (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Ghost in the Machine (2012) ... (performer: "Think Deep")
 2012 On the Road (performer: "Disorder At The Border") / (writer: "Disorder At The Border" - as Coleman Randolph Hawkins)
  The Killing (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 2011 - 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Openings (2012) ... (performer: "Bean's Blue" - uncredited) / (writer: "Bean's Blue" - uncredited)
- I'll Let You Know When I Get There (2011) ... (performer: "Bean's Blues" - uncredited)
 2012 Beware of Mr. Baker (Documentary) (writer: "Boff Boff")
 2010-2011 Treme (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Do Watcha Wanna (2011) ... (performer: "Red Beans" - uncredited)
- Right Place, Wrong Time (2010) ... (performer: "Think Deep" - uncredited)
 2009 Good Hair (Documentary) (performer: "Sancticity") / (writer: "Sancticity")
 2008 The Wire (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Clarifications (2008) ... (performer: "I'm Lookin' Over a Four Leaf Clover")
 2007 Brando (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Cool Blue")
 2006 Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (performer: "Tangerine")
 2006 Infamous (performer: "Stealin' the Bean")
 2005 The Notorious Bettie Page (performer: "It's Only a Paper Moon")
 2005 The Lost City (performer: "Limbo Jazz")
 2005 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton (2005) ... (performer: "Lover Man")
 2002 Road to Perdition (writer: "Queer Notions" (1933))
 2000 Joe Gould's Secret (performer: "I'll Never Be the Same")
 1999 The Lake (performer: "The Man I Love")
 1998 Claire Dolan (performer: "I'll Never Be the Same")
 1998 Next Stop Wonderland (performer: "O Pato (The Duck)")
 1997 Gummo (performer: "La Rosita")
 1996 Kansas City (writer: "Queer Notions")
 1990 A Matter of Degrees (performer: "La Rosita")
 1988 Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Documentary) (performer: "On The Bean") / (writer: "I Mean You")
 1985 The Color Purple (performer: "Body and Soul")
 1965 NDR Jazz Workshops (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- No. 40 (1965) ... (writer: "Now's The Time")
 1958 Jazz Party (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.23 (1958) ... (performer: "Fine and Dandy", "Body and Soul", "Cootie's Big Time Blues", "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)", "Air Mail Special", "Bugle Call Rag")
- Episode #1.20 (1958) ... (performer: "Indian Summer", "I Can't Get Started with You", "Mean to Me", "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid", "Stompin' at the Savoy", "Runnin' Wild", "Memphis Blues", "Somebody Loves Me", "Solitude", "St. James Infirmary", "Love Is Just Around the Corner")
- Episode #1.19 (1958) ... (performer: "Jeepers Creepers", "This Can't Be Love", "Pennies from Heaven", "Prisoner of Love" - uncredited)
 1958 Youthful Sinners (writer: "Clo's Blues")
 1945 The Crimson Canary (music: "Hollywood Stampede" - uncredited)
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