|Also known as||Vic Coulsen, Vic Coulson, Vic Couslen|
|Associated acts||Al Tinney, Coleman Hawkins|
Coulsen has often been remembered has having had a seminal influence on the phrasing of early bebop by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and several others - Charlie Parker among them. Parker remembers Coulsen (here spelled "Coulson") "playing things I'd never heard before", and states that the music he heard on those nights at Monoroe's caused him to quit Jay McShann's band and relocate to New York City.
These testimonies make Coulsen one of the founding fathers (albeit a minor one) of the bebop idiom. Unfortunately, Coulsen never recorded, except for some tracks taken in 1944 with an orchestra led by Coleman Hawkins, where he performs in the trumpet section, taking no solos.
- Gottlieb, Bill (24 September 1947). "Thelonious Monk -- Genius Of Bop". Down Beat. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- DeVeaux, Scott (1999). The Birth of Bebop: A Social and Musical History. University of California Press. p. 233. ISBN 978-0520216655.
- Feather, Leonard. "Somethin' Else". The Cannonball Adderley Rendez-vous. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- Gillespie, Dizzy and Al Fraser (2009). To Be, or Not . . . to Bop. Univ Of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0816665471.
- Martin, Henry; Keith Waters (2008). Essential Jazz: The First 100 Years (2 ed.). Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-0495505259.