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Jon Hendricks

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: September 16, 1921    

Jon Hendricks

Jon Hendricks is not only one of the world's favorite jazz vocalists, but is widely considered to be the “Father of Vocalese”, the greatest innovator of the art form. Vocalese is the art of setting lyrics to recorded jazz instrumental standards (such as the big band arrangements of Duke Ellington and Count Basie), then arranging voices to sing the parts of the instruments. Thus is created an entirely new form of the work, one that tells a lyrically interesting story while retaining the integrity of the music. Hendricks is the only person many jazz greats have allowed to lyricize their music, for no one writes hipper, wittier, or more touching words, while extracting from a tune the emotions intended by the composer, more sympathetically than Hendricks. For his work as a lyricist, jazz critic and historian Leonard Feather called him the “Poet Laureate of Jazz” while Time dubbed him the “James Joyce of Jive.”

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  • ¡salud! João Gilberto

    Concord Jazz
    2006
  • Cloudburst

    Shanachie
    1982
  • September Songs

    Shanachie
    1975
  • Times Of Love

    Shanachie
    1972
  • Jon Hendricks Live

    Shanachie
    1970
  • No More

    Shanachie
    1968
  • Fire In The City / Sons And Daughters

    Shanachie
    1966
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