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September 1, 2013

Coleman Hawkins

As one of the most influential jazz performers of the 20th century, St. Joseph born Coleman Hawkins conquered the world of music by mainstreaming familiar melodies into his own exploration of harmonic structure.

The tenor saxophone master set the stage for the “Bebop” movement with such hits as “Body and Soul” and “Soul Blues”.  His life-long dedication to the art of music still transcends social, economic, and racial barriers helping shape the very landscape of our culture.

On September 1, 2013, “The Hawk” was inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame.

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