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Book Review

This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks And The Art Of Vocal Jazz

Read "This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks And The Art Of Vocal Jazz" reviewed by Ian Patterson


This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks And The Art Of Vocal Jazz Peter Jones 263 Pages ISBN: 978 1 78179 874 4 Equinox Publishing 2020 Few are the jazz singers accorded the fanfare usually reserved for the music's great instrumentalists. Jon Hendricks was one, taking scat and vocalese to unprecedented heights. As author Peter Jones recounts—in what is the first biography of Hendricks—the singer's life was the stuff of movies. Born in poverty in ...

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Radio

Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air

Read "Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Happy 90th birthday to alto saxophonist Vi Redd, who opens the broadcast, along with Downhearted Blues from fellow Libra Lovie Austin. In the third hour, some hurricane inspired music followed by tributes to John Coltrane, Jon Hendricks and Leonard Cohen with a reminder from Willie Nelson to stay “Young at Heart." Playlist Vi Redd “Lady Soul" from Lady Soul (Rhino Atlantic) 00:00 Catherine Russell “You've Got Me Under Your Thumb" from Bring It Back (Jazz Village) 04:50 ...

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Profile

Jon Hendricks: Vocal Ease

Read "Jon Hendricks: Vocal Ease" reviewed by Greg Thomas


This article was first published at All About Jazz on April 18, 2008. Scat and vocalese master Jon Hendricks and his wife Judith have maintained a residence at Gateway Plaza in Battery Park City for a quarter century. Their high-rise apartment overlooks the Hudson River going north. From the living room window you see the Battery Park City promenade directly below and the New Jersey shoreline across the river. The view is so expansive that the petite size ...

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Interview

Jon Hendricks: Still Creative, Still Outspoken

Read "Jon Hendricks: Still Creative, Still Outspoken" reviewed by Gregg Akkerman


Jon Hendricks is still swinging madly and looking forward to upcoming projects--not only in New York, but all over Europe. Having interviewed the creator of vocalese once before, he was the first name I thought of when considering the maiden edition of this Jazz on the 90th Floor column (the name comes from the lyric to Cole Porter's “Down in the Depths" by the way). When I realized Hendricks is 90 years old, the match was too much to resist. ...


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