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Question: How did Coleman Hawkins acquire the name "Bean"? (Answer at end of post.)
Tuesday, Nov. 21st is the 113th birth anniversary of COLEMAN HAWKINS! WKCR.org will broadcast Hawk's music ALL DAY, NON-STOP. Host Phil Schaap will present from 2:00pm-6:30pm (EST).
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Trivia answer: Early in Hawkins' career, his virtuosity dubbed him "the Best and Only", which became shortened to, 'B 'n O", then "Beano", and finally, "Bean". Check Hawkins' 1944 recording, "Bean At The Met" which launches "How High The Moon", into jazz repertoire; its chordal changes becoming the basis for Hawkins' "melody-less" composition. The recording session occurred 2 weeks following Hawkins' performance at NYC's Metropolitan Opera House.