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Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Randolph Hawkins was born on November 21, 1904 in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

After completing schooling, he studied harmony and composition for two years. Though he also played piano and cello in later years, he had begun playing the saxophone from the early age of 9.

He is considered as the first important jazz musician to use the saxophone. He is linked with swing music and the big band era and has played an important role in the bebop era. He is regarded as one of the most prominent jazz tenor saxophonists of all times. His fans fondly called him Hawk and sometimes Bean. He died on May 19, 1969.

Lester Young

Lester "Prez" Young: Born on August 27, 1909.

Lester Young grew up to become one of the most famous saxophone players. Music ran in his family. Many of his relatives were professional music players. He learned trumpet, violin, drums and saxophone from his father. He began playing in his family band and soon earned acclaim as a talented saxophone player. Cool tones and sophisticated harmonies characterized his way of playing.

Young, nicknamed as ‘Prez’, is regarded as one of the finest saxophone players and a jazz legend. He expired in 1959, but continues to be remembered for his work as a saxophone player.

Ben Webster

Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 – September 20, 1973)

"The Brute" or "Frog," was an influential American jazz tenor saxophonist. Webster, born in Kansas City, Missouri, was considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Known affectionately as "The Brute", he had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with his own distinctive growls), yet on ballads he played with warmth and sentiment. Stylistically he was indebted to alto star Johnny Hodges, who, he said, taught him to play his instrument. Ben Webster was considered one of the "big three" of swing tenors along with Coleman Hawkins (his main influence) and Lester Young. He had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with his own distinctive growls) yet on ballads he would turn into a pussy cat and play with warmth and sentiment. Source: wiki