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Jon Hendricks: A 90th-Birthday Tribute

A milestone salute to the singer and lyricist, featuring his recordings as a member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and as a leader.

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Singer Jon Hendricks has been dubbed "the poet laureate of jazz."

Singer Jon Hendricks is one of the founding fathers of vocalese–an artist who’s vocally swung the music of Count Basie and many other jazz greats, one third of the vocalese supergroup Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, a composer of lyrics for numerous jazz standards, and an influence on many jazz singers who’ve come after him. We’ll hear Hendricks’ very first album as a leader, some of his recordings with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, some later recordings, and a collaboration with the Manhattan Transfer.

Watch Lambert, Hendricks and Ross sing Jon Hendricks’ vocalese version of Sonny Rollins’ “Airegin”:

Music Heard On This Episode

Out Of The Past
Jon Hendricks — A Good Git-Together (Blue Note, 2006)
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Out Of The Past
Jon Hendricks — A Good Git-Together (Blue Note, 2006)
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Willow Weep For Me
Lou Rawls — Stormy Monday (Blue Note, 1990)
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I Waited For You
Mary Stallings — I Waited For You (Concord, 1994)
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Cloudburst
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross — Hottest New Group In Jazz (Sony , 1996)
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Blues Backstage
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross — Sing a Song of BAsie (Polygram, 2001)
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Social Call
Jon Hendricks — A Good Git-Together (Blue Note, 2006)
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Avenue C (midpoint music bed)
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross — Sing a Song of Basie (Polygram, 2001)
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Cottontail
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross — Hottest New Group In Jazz (Sony, 1996)
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Music In The Air
Jon Hendricks — A Good Git-Together (Blue Note, 2006)
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Pretty Strange
Jon Hendricks — A Good Git-Together (Blue Note, 2006)
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It Was a Dream
Jon Hendricks — Cloudburst (Sony Japan, 2006)
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Another Night In Tunisia
Manhattan Transfer — Down In Birdland (Atlantic, 1992)
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Get Me to the Church On Time
Jon Hendricks — Boppin' at the Blue Note (Telarc, 1995)
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Love Makes the World Go Round
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross — The Swingers (Capitol, 1995)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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