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Erskine Hawkins

A talented high-note trumpeter and a popular bandleader, Erskine Hawkins was nicknamed "the 20th Century Gabriel." He learned drums and trombone before switching to trumpet when he was 13. While attending the Alabama State Teachers College, he became the leader of the college band, the 'Bama State Collegians. They went to New York in 1934, became the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, started making records in 1936, and by 1938 were quite successful. With Hawkins and Dud Bascomb sharing the trumpet solos, Paul Bascomb or Julian Dash heard on tenors, Haywood Henry on baritone, and pianist Avery Parrish, this was a solidly swinging band that delighted dancers and jazz fans alike. Hawkins had three major hits ("Tuxedo Junction," "After Hours," and "Tippin' In") and was able to keep the big band together all the way until 1953; some of their later sessions were more R&B-oriented yet never without jazz interest. Hawkins led a smaller unit during his last few decades (the survivors of the big band had a recorded reunion in 1971) and the trumpeter kept on working into the 1980s. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: An Anthology Of Big Band Swing (1930-1955)

Disc 1

1. Rockin' In Rhythm

2. House Of David Blues

3. Saratoga Drag

4. Savage Rhythm

5. Chant Of The Weed

6. St. Louis Blues

8. Down South Camp Meeting

9. Avalon

11. The Darktown Strutter's Ball

12. Polka Dot Rag

13. Stompin' At The Savoy

14. Peg O' My Heart

15. One O'Clock Jump

16. Casa Loma Stomp

17. South Rampart Street Parade

18. Liza

19. Dunkin' A Doughnut

20. You Rascal, You

Disc 2

1. Panassie Stomp

3. Jamaica Jam

4. Okay For Baby

5. Blues In The Groove

6. Murderistic

7. Swingmatism

8. Savoy

9. Blue River

10. Chicago

11. Fish Market

12. Gambler's Blues

13. I've Got You Under My Skin

14. Skyliner

15. Million Dollar Smile

16. Midriff

17. Bear Mash Blues

18. The Continental

19. The Blue Room

20. One O'Clock Jump

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Track List: Big Band

1. Chattanooga Choo-Choo

2. Tuxedo Junction

3. Cherokee

4. Take The

5. Stardust

6. One O'Clock Jump

7. Hey, Pretty Baby

9. Flying Home

10. Four Brothers

11. Turn Me Loose

12. Song Of India

13. Sing, Sing, Sing

14. In The Mood

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Track List: Big Band: Swingin' Through The Night

1. King Porter Stomp

2. Blueberry Hill

3. Tuxedo Junction

4. 'S Wonderful

5. Minnie The Moocher

6. Cherokee

7. I Can't Get Started

9. Marie

10. Little Brown Jug

11. Robbin's Nest

12. Good Bait

13. Night Train

14. The Loop

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Track List: Jumpin' Jive: Jump Blues Essentials

1. Tippin' In

2. Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well?

3. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop

4. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie

5. Walk 'Em

6. Cornbread

7. Hop, Skip And Jump

9. The Deacon's Hop

12. Teardrops From My Eyes

13. Little Red Rooster

14. Rocket 88

15. Hound Dog

16. Drunk

17. Shake, Rattle And Roll

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Track List: More Big Band

1. American Patrol

2. Blue Skies

3. Ya Gotta Try

4. It Don't Mean A Thing

5. Early Autumn

6. Dinah

7. Begin The Beguine

8. Variety Stomp

9. After You've Gone

10. Mother Fuzzy

11. Swanee River

12. I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo

13. The Wailing Boat

14. Margie

15. Tippin' In

16. Embraceable You

17. Everything Is Jumpin'

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Track List: Original Swingers: Hipsters, Zoots & Wingtips, Vol.2

1. Caldonia

2. (Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone

3. Hit That Jive, Jack

4. Goin' To Chicago Blues

5. D' Natural Blues

6. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

9. Big Mamou

10. Blow-Top Blues

11. Reet, Petite And Gone

12. Loose Lips

13. Tippin' In

14. Cadillac Boogie

15. Pink Cadillac

16. Squeeze Me

17. Ice Cream Man

18. The Dummy Song

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Track List: The Fabulous Big Band Collection

1. Opus One

2. Begin The Beguine

3. Pennsylvania 6-5000

4. Jivin' The Vibes

5. Tippin' In

6. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

7. One O'Clock Boogie

8. Sing, Sing, Sing

9. Cherokee

10. This Love Of Mine

11. Take The "A" Train

12. And The Angels Sing

13. In The Mood

14. Four Brothers

15. Concerto For Clarinet

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Track List: The Only Big Band Cd You'll Ever Need

1. Chattanooga Choo Choo

2. Stompin' At The Savoy

3. Take The "A" Train

4. Four Brothers

5. Tempo And Swing

6. Begin The Beguine

7. Song Of India

8. In The Mood

9. Margie

10. Bill's Mill

11. King Porter Stomp

12. Ya Gotta Try

13. It Don't Mean A Thing

14. Variety Stomp

15. Cherokee

16. (I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo

17. I'm In The Mood For Love

18. Frenesi

19. Tuxedo Junction

20. Sing, Sing, Sing

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Track List: Wicked Swing

1. Diga Diga Doo

2. Runnin' Wild

3. Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz

4. The Flaming Sword

5. Topsy

6. Jivin' With Jarvis

7. Seventh Avenue Express

8. Jitterbug

9. Swing Out

10. Everything Is Jumpin'

12. Honeysuckle Rose

13. The Rhumba Jumps

14. Lafayette

15. I've Found A New Baby

16. Back Bay Boogie

17. Chocolate Shake

18. Life Goes To A Party

19. Harlem Camp Meeting

20. Flying Home

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Erskine Hawkin's Tuxedo Junction will always be the best Lindy Hop song in my book.
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Fred Astaire made dancing look so easy.
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Hot hot more more
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Great band!!
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Great band with a great sound. Remember him from many years ago.
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marti153
No, he didn't. Maybe you've confused him with Coleman Hawkins. Or you may be thinking of Benny Carter, who did play both.
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Hawkins played both trumpet and sax with amazing skill.

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