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Jon Hendricks (born September 16, 1921 in Newark, Ohio) is a jazz lyricist and singer. He is considered one of the originators 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 scat singers, 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 dubbed him the "James Joyce of Jive." September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for full calendar). ... Newark is a city in Licking County, Ohio, 33 miles (53 km) east of Columbus, at the junction of the forks of the Licking River. ... Jazz is a style of music which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Vocalese is a style or genre of jazz singing wherein lyrics are written for melodies that were originally part of an all-instrumental composition or improvisation. ... Edward Kennedy Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899, Washington, D.C.; d. ... William Count Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. ... Look up scat in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Born in 1921 in Newark, Ohio, young Jon and his fourteen 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, the extraordinary pianist Art Tatum. Newark is a city in Licking County, Ohio, 33 miles (53 km) east of Columbus, at the junction of the forks of the Licking River. ... The African Methodist Episcopal Church, usually called the AME Church, is a Christian denomination founded by Bishop Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1816. ... Nickname: The Glass City Location in the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Lucas Mayor Carty Finkbeiner (D) Area    - City 217. ... Art Tatum, The Great Jazz Pianist. ...

After serving in the Army during World War II, Jon 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'd 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. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The University of Toledo is a public university situated in Toledo, Ohio. ... Charles Bird Parker, Jr. ...

In 1957 he teamed with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross to form the legendary vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. With Jon as lyricist, the trio perfected the art of vocalese and took it around the world, earning them the designation of the "Number One Vocal Group in the World" for five years in a row from Melody Maker magazine. 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 The Manhattan Transfer to Al Jarreau to Bobby McFerrin. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... David Alden Lambert (1917 - 1966) was a jazz lyricist, singer, and an originator of vocalese. ... Annie Ross (born 25 July 1930) is a jazz singer. ... Certainly one of the premier jazz vocal acts of all time, [Lambert, Hendricks & Ross] revolutionized vocal music during the late 50s and early 60s by turning away from the increasingly crossover slant of the pop world to embrace the sheer musicianship inherent in [vocal jazz]. Applying the concepts of [bop... The Manhattan Transfer is an American vocal group that was established in New York City in 1972. ... Al Jarreau in Wrocław, Poland; June 25th, 2006 Alwyn Lopez Jarreau (born March 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), known popularly as Al Jarreau, is an American, Grammy Award–winning jazz singer. ... Bobby McFerrin Robert Bobby McFerrin Jr. ...

Pursuing a solo career, Hendricks moved his young family to London in 1968, partially so that his five children could receive a better education. While based in London, he toured Europe and Africa, performed frequently on British television, and appeared in the British film Jazz Is Our Religion and the French film Hommage a Cole Porter. His sold-out club dates drew fans such as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Five years later the Hendricks family settled in California, where Jon worked as the jazz critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and taught classes at California State University at Sonoma and the University of California at Berkeley. A piece he wrote specifically for the stage about the history of jazz, Evolution of the Blues, ran an unprecedented five years at the Broadway Theatre in San Francisco and another year in Los Angeles. His television documentary, Somewhere to Lay My Weary Head, received Emmy, Iris, and Peabody awards. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... This article is about the rock band. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ... The California State University (CSU) is one of three public higher education systems in the state of California, the other two being the University of California system and the California Community College System. ... Sonoma is a town located in Sonoma County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 9,128. ... The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the state of California. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... An Emmy Award. ... Iris has three main meanings, related by their derivation from the Greek word for rainbow: Iris (mythology), a messenger of the gods in Greek mythology, identified with the rainbow Iris (anatomy), the sphincter around the pupil of the eye, named after the colors in human and animal eyes Iris (plant... Peabody may refer to: Peabody Award, for radio and television journalism. ...

Hendricks recorded several critically-acclaimed albums on his own, some with his wife Judith and daughters Michele and Aria contributing. He collaborated with old friends The Manhattan Transfer for their seminal 1985 album, Vocalese, which won seven Grammy Awards. He's served on the Kennedy Center Honors committee under Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Clinton. 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... // Carter is a common English name and can be a given name or surname. ... Reagan, an Irish surname, may refer to: // Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of The United States Nancy Reagan, the wife of Ronald Reagan and influential First Lady Ron Reagan, President Reagans son and liberal journalist Michael Reagan, President Reagans son and conservative talk show host Maureen Reagan, President... Clinton is an English surname which may refer to a number of persons or places. ...

In 2000, Hendricks returned to his hometown to teach at the University of Toledo, where he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies and received an honorary Doctorate of the Performing Arts. He was recently selected to be the first American jazz artist to lecture at the Sorbonne in Paris, a university established in the year 1248. His fifteen voice group, the Jon Hendricks Vocalstra at the University of Toledo, performed to a standing ovation at the Sorbonne earlier this year. As if perfecting one original art form weren't enough, Hendricks now finds himself happily penning lyrics to some of the world's most beautiful classical pieces. The Vocalstra is currently preparing to give the world premiere of a vocalese version of Rimsky-Korsakov's lush "Scheherazade" with the Toledo Symphony in February 2003. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Toledo is a public university situated in Toledo, Ohio. ... Inscription over the entrance to the Sorbonne The front of the Sorbonne Building The name Sorbonne (La Sorbonne) is commonly used to refer to the historic University of Paris in Paris, France or one of its successor institutions (see below), but this is a recent usage, and Sorbonne has actually... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... For broader historical context, see 1240s and 13th century. ... For other uses, see February (disambiguation). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In the summer of 2003, Jon went on tour with the "Four Brothers", a quartet consisting of Hendricks and three of the best-known male vocalists in jazz: Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy, and Kevin Mahogany. Next for Dr. Hendricks is lyricizing and arranging Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto, as well as work on two books, teaching, and continued touring with his Vocalstra. He also makes an appearance in the film with Al Pacino, People I Know. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kurt Elling Kurt Elling (born November 2, 1967) is an American jazz vocalist. ... Mark Murphy is the name of two American Football safeties, an ice hockey player and one singer. ... Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff, also Sergey Rachmaninov or Serge Rakhmaninov (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов), (April 1, 1873 – March 28, 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...

External links

  • http://www.iaje.org/bio.asp?ArtistID=26
  • http://www.pbs.org/weta/onstage/twain2002/bios/hendricks.html

  Results from FactBites:
Jon Hendricks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (140 words)
Jon Hendricks is a jazz lyricist and singer.
As part of the trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (together with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross), he recorded a great number of Count Basie and Charlie Parker songs in the vocalese style.
Hendricks is currently a professor of jazz at the University of Toledo.
PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Jon Hendricks (298 words)
At the age of 14, Jon Hendricks often sang with Art Tatum.
The vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross soon became popular for its settings of lyrics to jazz arrangements; it continued until 1964 (Yolande Bavan replaced Ross in 1962).
Hendricks excels both at setting lyrics to complex melodies and at performing those lyrics in an articulate manner, with the finesse of a virtuoso saxophonist.
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