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Erskine Hawkins

Biography

A talented high-note trumpeter and a favorite bandleader, Erskine Hawkins was nicknamed “the 20th Hundred years Gabriel.” He discovered drums and trombone before switching to trumpet when he was 13. While going to the Alabama Condition Teachers University, he became the first choice of the faculty music group, the ‘Bama Condition Collegians. They visited NY in 1934, became the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, began making information in 1936, and by 1938 had been quite effective. With Hawkins and Dud Bascomb posting the trumpet solos, Paul Bascomb or Julian Dash noticed on tenors, Haywood Henry on baritone, and pianist Avery Parrish, this is a solidly swinging music group that happy dancers and jazz supporters alike. Hawkins acquired three major strikes (“Tuxedo Junction,” “After Hours,” and “Tippin’ In”) and could keep carefully the big music group together completely until 1953; a few of their afterwards sessions were even more R&B-oriented yet hardly ever without jazz curiosity. Hawkins led an inferior device during his last few years (the survivors from the big music group had a documented reunion in 1971) as well as the trumpeter continued working in to the 1980s.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth July 26, 1914
Died November 11, 1993, Willingboro, New Jersey, United States
Profession Songwriter
Education Alabama State University
Nationality American
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs Tuxedo Junction, After Hours, Tippin' In, Don't Cry Baby, Bear Mash Blues, Riff Time, Hawk's Boogie, Shipyard Ramble, Holiday for Swing, Song Of The Wanderer, Five O'Clock Whistle, Sneakin' Out, Uncle Bud, Swing Out, Soft Winds, No Use Squawkin', Gabriel's Heater, Gin Mill Special, Caldonia, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, Big John's Special, S'posin', Hey! Doc, Midnight Stroll, Whispering Grass, Knock Me A Kiss, Bicycle Bounce, Swinging In Harlem, Gabriel Meets the Duke, Tonight You Belong To Me, Good Dip, Uproar Shout
Albums Erskine Hawkins' Tuxedo Junction, Erskine Hawkins - Night After Night, The Great, Erskine Hawkins Diamond, Jazz Figures / Erskine Hawkins (1940-1945), Complete Jazz Series 1938 - 1939, Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra, Vol. 2: Holiday for Swing 1940-1948 (Jazz Archives No. 164), Complete Jazz Series 1946 - 1947, Bicycle Bounce, Tuxedo Junction - The Very Best Of, Complete Jazz Series 1936 - 1938, From Alabama to Harlem (1938-1940), Complete Jazz Series 1939 - 1940, Complete Jazz Series 1947 - 1949, Stompin at the Savoy (1940), Complete Jazz Series 1950 - 1951, 65 Hits : Erskine Hawkins, Complete Jazz Series 1941 - 1945, Erskine Hawkins Selected Favorites, Vol. 1, I Know a Secret, Tonight in Time, The Very Best Of Erskine, Excellent Erskine, Holiday for Swing, Volume 2: 1940-1948, Good Dip (1940 - 1945), Don't Cry Baby, Beyond Patina Jazz Masters: Erskine Hawkins, R & B Originals - Don't Cry Baby, The One and Only: Erskine Hawkins, Famous Jazz Instrumentalists, Blue Sea, After Hours, Blackout, It Was a Sad Night in Harlem, Complete Jazz Series 1940 - 1941, Way Down Upon the Swanee River, Vinyl Vault Presents Teddy Hill and Erskine Hawkins, The Essential Tracks (Remastered), Who's Sorry Now, Jazz Legends: Erskine Hawkins, Erskine Hawkins Selected Favorites, Vol. 2, The Silverline 1 - Tippin' In, That's What I Need (Remastered), Swinging in Harlem, The Best, Tippin' In, Have Fun Tonight, Dream Your Troubles Away, Colours of Music History (Remastered), A Summer Sky Shines, Erskine Hawkins Remastered Collection (All Tracks Remastered 2015)


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1 African American jazz musician: bandleader ("Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra"), songwriter, trumpet player, drummer, and trombonist, he wrote the popular "After Hours."


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sale 2015 Short performer: "Bear Mash Blues"
My Music: The Big Band Years 2009 TV Movie music: "Tuxedo Junction"
Australia 2008 writer: "Tuxedo Junction"
In Chicago: A Jazz Documentary 2008 Documentary short "Gin Mill Special"
Out of Step 2002 "Tuxedo Junction"
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 2001 writer: "Tuxedo Junction"
My Dog Skip 2000 "Tuxedo Junction"
Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco - The Fillmore 1999 TV Movie documentary performer: "SHOWER" / writer: "SHOWER"
Rounders 1998 writer: "Tuxedo Junction"
Murder in the First 1995 writer: "Tuxedo Junction"
Malcolm X 1992 performer: "Don't Cry, Baby"
Muuttolinnun aika 1991 writer: "Tuxedo Junction"
Great Railway Journeys of the World 1980 TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
The Muppet Show 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Carnal Knowledge 1971 writer: "Tuxedo Junction"
Glenn Miller Time 1961 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Glenn Miller Story 1954 music: "Tuxedo Junction" - uncredited
Sweet Serenade 1950 Short writer: "Tuxedo Junction"
Tuxedo Junction 1941 music: "Tuxedo Junction"
Deviled Hams 1937 Short performer: "All God's Chillun' Got Rhythm" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deviled Hams 1937 Short Band Leader (as Erskine Hawkins and Band)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Malcolm X 1992 musician: trumpet soloist: "Don't Cry, Baby"

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