African Americans on Postage Stamps

Coleman Hawkins

Jazz Composer and Saxophonist

32-cent Coleman Hawkins stamp
The Coleman Hawkins stamp was issued on September 16, 1995.

Coleman Hawkins became the first artist to raise the tenor saxophone to the status of a solo instrument in jazz. He toured Europe from 1934 to 1939. “Body and Soul” was his most famous record in a long and distinguished career.

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