Coleman Hawkins — American Musician born on November 21, 1904, died on May 19, 1969

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If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying.
I made the tenor sax - there's nobody plays like me and I don't play like anybody else.
Music should always be an adventure.
Some people say there was no jazz tenor before me. All I know is I just had a way of playing and I didn't think in terms of any other instrument but the tenor.
I honestly can't characterize my style in words. It seems that whatever comes to me naturally, I play.