Body And Soul

Alyn Shipton presents a three-part profile of the American tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, who was born 100 years ago this month. Hawkins was the first musician to turn the saxophone from a novelty instrument to a powerful jazz solo vehicle and he became one of the most influential soloists of the swing era.

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JF0120041113

This first programme includes some of the early recordings he made with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra and with British bandleaders Spike Hughes and Jack Hylton. Contributions from drummer Eddie Locke, trumpeter Joe Wilder, biographer John Chilton and an arcHIVe interview with Hawkins himself.

JF0120041113

This first programme includes some of the early recordings he made with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra and with British bandleaders Spike Hughes and Jack Hylton. Contributions from drummer Eddie Locke, trumpeter Joe Wilder, biographer John Chilton and an arcHIVe interview with Hawkins himself.

JF0220041120

This programme includes music from his period in Europe during the 1930s, his celebrated recording of Body and Soul, and his role in the early development of bebop alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk.

Contributors include jazz historian Dan Morgenstern, pianist Billy Taylor and an arcHIVe interview with Hawkins himself.

JF0220041120

This programme includes music from his period in Europe during the 1930s, his celebrated recording of Body and Soul, and his role in the early development of bebop alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk.

Contributors include jazz historian Dan Morgenstern, pianist Billy Taylor and an arcHIVe interview with Hawkins himself.

JF03 LAST20041127

This last programme focuses on Hawkins' collaborations with younger musicians such as Max Roach and Sonny Rollins, his involvement in Jazz at the Philharmonic, and his partnership with trumpeter Roy Eldridge.

With contributions from bassist Bob Cranshaw, pianists Billy Taylor and Marian McPartland and excerpts from an arcHIVe interview with Hawkins himself.

JF03 LAST20041127

This last programme focuses on Hawkins' collaborations with younger musicians such as Max Roach and Sonny Rollins, his involvement in Jazz at the Philharmonic, and his partnership with trumpeter Roy Eldridge.

With contributions from bassist Bob Cranshaw, pianists Billy Taylor and Marian McPartland and excerpts from an arcHIVe interview with Hawkins himself.