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Erskine Hawkins


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Erskine Hawkins (July 26, 1914—November 11, 1993) was a trumpet player and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed “The 20th Century Gabriel”. He is most remembered as the composer of the jazz standard, “Tuxedo Junction” (1939), which became a popular hit during World War II.

In 1978 Erskine Hawkins became one of the first five artists inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. He died in 1993 in Willingboro, New Jersey. Hawkins was an exact contemporary of another Birmingham jazz great, Sun Ra.


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  • ColonelTheSlav

    For whoever that still wonders what the biographer meant. It's because Ra and Erskine were both born in 1914 in the same town and they both died in 1993. I'm not sure if there's any relation between them two aside from that.

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • johntardsbaby66

    Wait, Hawkins was Sun Ra's contemporary??

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Afuera

    I concur.

    1 Jul 2010 Reply
  • priedits

    #second shout ;D He's great.

    31 May 2010 Reply
  • jacksisson

    He gave Glen Miller His Style You just have to compare the music scores

    30 Jul 2008 Reply