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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”:

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