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26.1.2014 – Denné príbehy jazzu – Coleman Hawkins

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26.1.2014 – Denné príbehy jazzu – Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins, otec tenorsaxofónu, je jednou z najvýznamnejších osobností jazzovej histórie. Svoju kariéru začal v 20.rokoch, ešte predtým, ako swingová hudba nadobudla svoju popularitu, a prežil dokonca aj John Coltrane-a, génia moderného jazzu 60.rokov.
Počas celých 40 rokov svojej hudobnej kariéry bol Hawk charakteristický medzi iným aj svojou extrémnou súťaživosťou, na ktorú vtipným spôsobom spomína klaviristka Mary Lou Williams.
Rozpráva o jam session v roku 1934 a Hawkinsovu snahu vždy vyjsť víťazne zo súboja s iným tenor saxofonistom:

„Odrazu sa rozkríklo, že v Cherry Blossom hrá Hawkins a netrvalo ani pol hodinu a do klubu sa prihrnuli Lester Young, Ben Webster, Herschel Evans, Herman Walder a ešte pár neznámych tenoristov. Bean (Hawkinsová prezývka) nevedel, že tenor saxofonisti z Kansas City sú takí dobrí a nejako sa mu nedarilo dostať do formy, hoci hral celé dopoludnie. Ja som práve v tú noc spala doma a naraz okolo štvrtej ráno počujem, že mi niekto klope na okno. Otvorila som a bol tam Ben Webster. Povedal mi: ‘Vstávaj dievčatko, hráme na jam session a všetkých klaviristov sme už uťahali. Hawkins si už vyzliekol košeľu, ale hrá stále ďalej. Musíš ísť dole!‘ “

Hawkins nakoniec musel v poobedných hodinách nasledujúceho dňa jam session opustiť, aby stihol ďalší koncert s Fletcher Henderson Orchestra – cestou na tento gig išiel tak rýchlo, že spálil motor svojho nového Cadillacu!


 

Coleman Hawkins, the father of the tenor saxophone, was one of the most important people in all jazz history. His career began in 1920’s, even before swing music became popular and survived even John Coltrane, who was the modern jazz genius of 1960’s.
During almost 50 years of his career, Hawk was characteristic for his extreme competitiveness, which is described by pianist Mary Lou Williams.
She speaks about a jam session in 1934 and Hawkins‘ desire to always be the best:

„Suddenly it was heard, that Hawkins is playing in Cherry Blossom and it took less than half an hour and in the club came Lester Young, Ben Webster, Herschel Evans, Herman Walder and some other unknown tenor players. Bean (Hawkins‘ nickname) did not know, that the tenor players from Kansas City were so good and he was having problems getting into form, even though he had played the whole afternoon. I was just sleeping at home that night, when around 4 a.m. I woke up as someone was knocking at my window. I opened it and there was Ben Webster. He said: ‘Wake up girl, we are playing a jam session and all the pianists are dead tired. Hawkins is playing without his shirt on, but still keeps on playing. You have to get downthere!‘ “

Hawkins finally had to leave the jam session the next afternoon to catch the next gig with Fletcher Henderson Orchestra – on his way to the gig, he burned the engine of his brand new Cadillac!

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