Erskine Hawkins—an American trumpeter and bandleader—was a prominent figure in the jazz and blues genres from the 1930s to the 1980s. Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, he led the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra and gained fame for composing the iconic jazz standard Tuxedo Junction. His orchestra featured notable vocalists like Ida James, Delores Brown, and Della Reese. Hawkins' performances were synonymous with the Savoy Ballroom and Tuxedo Junction became a renowned sign-off song there. His influence extended to battles of the bands, and he made significant contributions to jazz history.