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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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Track List: Swingin' In Harlem

1. Swingin' In Harlem

2. Coquette

3. Big John's Special

4. A Swingy Little Rhythm

5. 'Way Down Upon The Swanee River

6. Dear Old Southland

7. Uproar Shout

8. If You Leave Me

9. I'll See You In My Dreams

10. Red Cap

11. I'll Get Along Somehow

12. I Found A New Baby

13. Carry Me Back To Old Virginny

14. Let Me Dream

15. Who's Sorry Now

16. Lost In The Shuffle

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Track List: Tuxedo Junction - The Very Best Of

1. Tuxedo Junction

2. Song Of The Wanderer

3. Margie

4. Wiggle Worm

5. Fool That I Am

6. Tippin' In

7. Remember

8. I've Got A Right To Cry

9. Gin Mill Special

10. Cherry

11. After Hours

12. Sweet Georgia Brown

13. Jumpin' In A Julep Joint

14. Bicycle Bounce

15. It's Full Or It Ain't No Good

16. Dolomite

17. I Know A Secret

18. Hey Doc

19. Someone's Rocking My Dream Boat

20. Norfolk Ferry

21. Put Yourself In My Place

22. Corn Bread

23. Good Dip

24. Gabriel's Heater

25. Feelin' Low

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Track List: Vintage Dance Orchestras No. 277 - EP: Tuxedo Junction

1. Tuxedo Junction

2. Station Break

3. Bear Mash Blues

4. Nona

5. So Long, Goodbye Blues

6. Skippin' And A Hoppin'

7. Dowbeat

8. After Hours

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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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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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