Coleman Hawkins and The Art of Failure

Apr 18, 2014

Saxophone great Coleman Hawkins helped to establish jazz as a stand-alone art form, separate from the popular swing music of the day.

With his originality, lyricism, and a keen sense for the latest trends, Hawkins' work was the foundation for bebop and the most expressive jazz ballads.

And yet, what is the price for a creative who expresses his art?

Rabbi Neil Blumofe joined KUT's Rebecca McInroy for some conversation – and superlative music – recorded live at the Cactus Cafe in Austin.

Featuring Shelly Carrol on saxophone, Ephraim Owens on trumpet, Red Young on piano, Roscoe Beck on bass and Brannen Temple on the drums, it was an evening dedicated to discovering jazz and appreciating the beauty of this incredible and accessible American art form.

Listen to this Views & Brews in the player above.