Watch this excellent footage of the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra playing “Swinging in Harlem”. Erskine Hawkins was from Birmingham, Alabama and was a prominent African American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer during the 1930s and 1940s. In 1978, Erskine Hawkins was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. In 1989, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
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