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Jon Hendricks (born September 16, 1921) is an American jazz lyricist and singer. He is considered one of the pioneers of vocalese , which adds lyrics to existing instrumental songs and replaces many
instruments with vocalists (such as the big band arrangements of Duke Ellington and Count Basie ). Furthermore, he is considered one of the best practitioners of scat singing, which involves vocal jazz soloing.
For his work as a lyricist, jazz critic and historian Leonard Feather called him the "Poet Laureate of Jazz" while Time Magazine dubbed him the "James Joyce of Jive." Al Jareau has called him "pound-for-pound the best jazz singer on the planet—maybe that's ever been"
Born in 1921 in Newark, Ohio, young Jon and his 14 siblings were moved many times, following their father's assignments as an A.M.E. pastor, before settling permanently in Toledo. As a teenager, Jon's first interest was in the drums, but before long he was singing on the radio regularly with another Toledo native, pianist Art Tatum.
After serving in the Army during World War II, Hendricks went home to attend University of Toledo as a pre-law major, courtesy of the G.I. Bill. Just when he was about to enter the graduate law program, the G.I. benefits ran out, and he realized he would have to chart a different course. Recalling that Charlie Parker had, at a stop in Toledo two years prior, encouraged him to come to New York and look him up, Hendricks moved there and began his singing career.
After six years the trio disbanded for solo careers but not before leaving behind a catalog of legendary recordings, most of which
have never gone out of print. Countless singers cite the work of
LH&R as an influence, from Van Morrison to Al Jarreau to Bobby McFerrin. Hendricks's composition "Yeh-Yeh" became a 1965 pop hit for British R&B-jazz singer Georgie Fame, who continues to record and perform Lambert, Hendricks & Ross compositions to this day. In 1966 Hendricks recorded "Fire in the City" with the Warlocks, who shortly after changed their name to the Grateful Dead.
In 1978 he created and starred in a play at the Westwood Playhouse
Monday, April 5
The master-class is free and open to the public.
James Zimmerman, NMAH Senior Pubic Programs Producer will introduce Mr. Hendricks and moderate the Q & A Session.
Jon Hendricks and daughter Aria
Tuesday, April 6 (7:30 pm)
Howard University’s Andrew Rankin Chapel
6th Street and Howard Place, NW
AFRO BLUE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Howard University’s Fine Arts Recital Hall
NEA American Jazz Master, Jon Hendricks will present a master-class on vocalese and vocal jazz ensembles with Howard University’s
Afro Blue and a Q & A will follow.
Senior Public Programs Producer
is the setting of lyrics to established jazz instrumentals and improvisations.
Eddie Jefferson tap danced with James Moody's band and was also his manager.
Moody convinced E.J. to start singing with his group.
Realizing Jefferson was on to something new, with permission from Jefferson, Clearance Beeks presented his lyrics at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and won the amateur contest with the theme of James Moody's "Moody for Love".
After recording Eddie Jeffferson's lyrics in 1952, the record producers wanted to know who penned the lyrics and created that style of singing....
Little did Eddie Jefferson know he was laying down the foundation to the style now called the ART OF JAZZ VOCALESE
(writing and singing lyrics to improvised solos)
The Father of the Art of Jazz Vocalese
THE ART OF VOCALESE TREE
Other singers that incorporated vocalese songs in their repertoire were
LAMBERT, HENDRICKS AND ROSS
JON HENDRICKS AND ANNIE ROSS
DEEMED HEIR APPARENT AND 'NEXT IN LINE' BY
George V Johnson Jr & James Moody Augut 3, 1985
Eddie Jefferson's Birthday - Jazz Mobile Concert @ Grants Tomb, NYC
Harold Mabern-piano, Jamil Nasser-bass, Eddie Gladden-drums
The Legacy Continues