Tenor saxophonist who was a master of jazz, swing, and bebop. He collaborated with a variety of groups and artists, including Jazz at the Philharmonic.
He could play piano, cello, and saxophone by age nine and was touring Kansas by age fourteen.
As a jazz tenor saxophonist, he toured with
He got married to his wife Dolores and they had three children together.
Miles Davis once said he learned to play ballads from Hawkins.