Sound Recording, "Body and Soul"

Description (Brief)
Often considered the first great jazz saxophonist, Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969) is known as the Father of the Tenor Saxophone. Like Louis Armstrong, Hawkins pushed the boundaries of jazz music by improvising solos and altering songs’ basic melodies. His 1939 recording of the jazz standard “Body and Soul” became famous for its improvisation. He never played the same version twice. Though primarily a jazz and big band musician, Hawkins experimented in bebop in the 1940s.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sound recording
Date made
1939
recording artist
Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra
maker
Bluebird
performer
Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra
Physical Description
shellac (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Camden
ID Number
1988.0698.1213
catalog number
1988.0698.1213
accession number
1988.0698
catalog number
1988.698.1213
maker number
B-10523
subject
Music
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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