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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."

ARTICLE: RADIO

September Birthday Salutes

Read "September Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

September birthdays this week on G&M! Pianists: Gene Harris, Horace Silver, Onaje Allan Gumbs & Bud Powell; organists Jack McDuff & Akiko Tsuruga; guitarist Peter Bernstein; reeds (lots of 'em!) Art Pepper, Tony Dagradi, Julian “Cannonball" Adderley, Bob Reynolds, Gary Bartz, Ken Vandermark, Oliver Lake & John Coltrane; drummers Matt Wilson & Elvin Jones; trumpeter Fats ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alex Hendriksen: / Fabian Gisler: The Song Is You

Read "The Song Is You" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Try as you might, you can't help but sing along, I got to get my old tuxedo pressed/I got to sew a button on my vest/'Cause tonight I gotta look my best, yeah/Lulu's back in town. Saxophonist Alex Hendriksen and bassist Fabian Gisler's rendition of “Lulu's Back in Town" may take you back to Leon Redbone's ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

La nicchia del canto jazz maschile

Read "La nicchia del canto jazz maschile" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A eccezione di pochi nomi--in particolare Kurt Elling, Gregory Porter, Bobby McFerrin e il veterano Tony Bennett--il canto jazz maschile è nettamente sottoesposto rispetto a quello femminile. Esempi eclatanti di questo sono stati Jon Hendricks e Mark Murphy, scomparsi di recente senza aver avuto la considerazione che meritavano. Allan Harris e Fred Farell ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ashley Pezzotti: Telling Her Story

Read "Ashley Pezzotti: Telling Her Story" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

As a child, Ashley Pezzotti, from Brooklyn, by way of Miami, was singing and performing. It hasn't stopped. And though only 23, it seems she has a strong career ahead of her. The title of her first album, We've Only Just Begun, out earlier this year, is a harbinger by title. As a work ...

Ten Artists: April 2019

Read "Ten Artists: April 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Claudia Vorbach Is There a Time? Phoneector 2018 Claudia Vorbach follows up Come Down Easy (Phoneector, 2016) with these 14 smart original compositions infused with the swagger of a confident composer/singer. At first blush, Vorbach sounds like a relaxed Nora Jones, playfully whimsical and vocally daring. Vorbach sings with an assured ...

ARTICLE: NEW & NOTEWORTHY

Nuove vocalist all’orizzonte

Read "Nuove vocalist all’orizzonte" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nuove vocalist crescono. Da qualche anno, sia nel jazz che nella black popular music, sono emerse vocalist di talento, prossime a imporsi negli anni a venire. In questa fase storica di globalizzazione spinta anche il canto jazz è entrato in una dimensione globale. Aumentano le possibilità per tutti di apprendere le forme espressive delle musiche afroamericane ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: 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 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Brasil To Bebop Celebration At D'Anbino Winery With Vocalist Julie Kelly And The Marshall Otwell Quartet, Sunday, November 11th!

Brasil To Bebop Celebration At D'Anbino Winery With Vocalist Julie Kelly And The Marshall Otwell Quartet, Sunday, November 11th!

Vocalist/lyricist Julie Kelly, one of Los Angeles’ finest interpreters of jazz standards and Brazilian music, will be bringing her considerable talents to D'Anbino Vineyards in Paso Robles, accompanied by the Marshall Otwell Quartet on Sunday, November 11th, for a celebration of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Jon Hendricks. Joining her will be the graceful ...


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