Coleman Hawkins ‘The Body and Soul of the Saxophone’ – Phantom Dancer 11 June 2019


Jazz tenor sax swing and bop pioneer, Coleman Hawkins, is this week’s The Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton. You’ll hear him in a mix of live 1940 – 1950s broadcasts and commercial sides from New York and Hilversum in Holland.

Check out the full Phantom Dancer play list of swing and jazz mixed by Greg Poppleton from live 1920s-60s radio below is ready for your perusal below.


This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 11 June 2SER live mix at
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney


Coleman Randolph Hawkins was an American jazz tenor saxophonist in the 1930s – 1960s. In the Swing Era he influenced generations of tenor players and he had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s. Miles Davis said of Hawkins’ playing, “When I heard Hawk, I learned how to play ballads.”

Coleman Hawkins


Hawkins took up the saxophone at age 9 after playing piano and cello. By age 14 in 1916 he was playing with local bands.

His first major gig was with Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds in 1921 when he settled in New York City. In 1923 he joined Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra, where he remained until 1934, sometimes doubling on clarinet and bass saxophone. Hawkins’s playing changed significantly during Louis Armstrong’s tenure with the Henderson Orchestra (1924–25). In the late 1920s, Hawkins also participated in some of the earliest interracial recording sessions with the Mound City Blue Blowers. During his time with Henderson he became a star soloist with increasing prominence on records. While with the band, he and Henry ‘Red’ Allen recorded a series of small group sides for ARC (on their Perfect, Melotone, Romeo, and Oriole labels). Hawkins also recorded a number of solo recordings with either piano or a pick-up band of Henderson’s musicians in 1933–34, just prior to his period in Europe. He was also featured on a Benny Goodman session on February 2, 1934 for Columbia, which also featured Mildred Bailey as guest vocalist.


In late 1934, Hawkins accepted an invitation to play with Jack Hylton’s orchestra in London, and toured Europe as a soloist until 1939, performing and recording with Django Reinhardt and Benny Carter in Paris in 1937. You’ll hear one of these sides on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Back in NYC, on October 11, 1939, he recorded a two-chorus solo of the pop standard ‘Body and Soul’, That became a landmark recording of the swing era and his radio theme. You’ll hear a 1940 radio version of it when he lead a big band in this week’s mix

Coleman Hawkins Ramblers


Hawkins always had a keen ear for new talent and styles and he was the leader on what is generally considered to have been the first ever bebop recording session on February 16, 1944 including Dizzy Gillespie, Don Byas, Clyde Hart, Oscar Pettiford, and Max Roach. He maintained his eclectic approach to his music through much of his later career as you’ll hear in the 1950s radio aircheck in this week’s mix.


This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is Coleman Hawkins playing Lover Man is a film made in the 1950s with Johnny Guaneri, piano; Milt Hinton, bass; Barry Galbrath, guitar and Cozy Cole, drums. Enjoy!


Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #390

107.3 2SER Tuesday 11 June 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6amArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pmand early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
Open + Robin Hood
Louis Prima Orchestra (voc) Louis Prima
‘Spotlight Bands’
Camp Shanks
New York
AFRS Re-broadcast
Diggin’ Dyke
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
AFRS Hollywood
17 Jul 1945
Lover + Close
Gene Krupa Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
AFRS Re-broadcast
Set 2
1930-31 Philco Radio Orchestra
Cinderella Brown
Philco Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
Nov 1930
Boy! Oh! Boy! Oh! Boy! I’ve Got It Bad
Philco Orchestra (voc) Boswell Sisters
Radio Transcription
New York City
Nov 1931
Egyptian Ellal
Philco Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
Nov 1930
Set 3
Italian Swing 1930s-40s
Se Io Fossi Un Millionario
Barzizza Orchestra
Comm Rec
late 1930s
E Quel
Trio Lescano
Comm Rec
Norma Bruni (voc) Angelini Orchestra
Comm Rec
Set 4
Coleman Hawkins
Bouncing with Bean
Coleman Hawkins Octet
Comm Rec
Body and Soul (theme) + Chant of the Groove
Coleman Hawkins Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
Strange Fact
Coleman Hawkins with De Ramblers
Comm Rec
Hiversum, Holland
26 apr 1937
Coleman Hawkins
‘Stars in Jazz’
4 Sep 1952
Set 5
Erskine Hawkins 1940s Radio
Theme + Where Did You Learn To Love?
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Victory Bells
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom NY
Jan 1945
Let’s Boil Awhile
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
What You Say?
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom NY
Jan 1945
Set 6
Benny Goodman Camel Caravans 1937-39
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
10 Aug 1937
A Home in the Clouds
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
‘Camel Caravan’
Earle Theatre
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
14 Feb 1939
Satan Takes a Holiday
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
17 Aug 1937
Hartford Stomp
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
State Theatre
CBS Hartford Conn.
7 Feb 1939
Set 7
Vic Damone
Sustaining Program
Vic Damone
WOR Mutual NY
18 Mar 1947
Set 8
Gene Krupa Small Groups
Ten Ritchie Drive
Gene Krupa Trio
9 Jun 1945
Wire Brush Stomp
Gene Krupa Trio
‘Spotlight Bands’
Newport RI
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Tenderly + Perdido
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959

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