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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."

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Article: Album Review

Amit Friedman: Home at Last

Read "Home at Last" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Once upon a time, jazz, an American creation, was confined for the most part within its borders. But that was once upon a time. Today, any barriers that once kept jazz within a prescribed realm have long since vanished, and the music Americans once embraced as their own has flourished around the world, performed with increasing ...

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Article: Album Review

Roseanna Vitro: Listen Here

Read "Listen Here" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Roseanna Vitro is a singer's singer in the same way as Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae. She is a studied practitioner of the jazz vocal arts, an interpreter, performer, educator. Her repertoire, taste, and vocal chops are beyond compare. Vitro's ability has evolved horizontally and vertically over 14 recordings and nearly 40 years. The singer's most ...

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Article: 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 ...

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Article: Interview

Joe Farnsworth: Friends In High Places

Read "Joe Farnsworth: Friends In High Places" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Joe Farnsworth is one of the top jazz drummers working today, with a resume that includes some of the absolute greats. His muscular swing and precise timekeeping have been attractive to employers like Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, McCoy Tyner, George Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, Eric Alexander, Benny Golson and many more. He likes to say ...

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Article: Radio

Rah! Rah!: Claire Daly's Tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Other New Releases

Read "Rah! Rah!: Claire Daly's Tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Other New Releases" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


A bounty of new releases this week from saxophonist Claire Daly, harmonicist Hermine Deurloo, Thelonious Monk (newly discovered live performance), the Mike Melito Dino Losito Quartet, plus vocalists Simone Kopmajer, Sandra Marlowe and Sarah Moule, along with birthday shoutouts to Norma Winstone, Rebecca Kilgore, Lara Driscoll, Isabel Crespo, Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane and more. Thanks for ...

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Article: Album Review

JC Hopkins Biggish Band: New York Moment

Read "New York Moment" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


On New York Moment, pianist JC Hopkins and his twelve-piece Biggish Band tend to a flame that's been burning since prior to World War II, the sound of large dance bands (with and without vocalists) who moved audiences with both sophistication and swing. Hopkins' Moment rotates Vanisha-Arleen Gould, Joy Hanson, Nico Sarbanes (who also plays trumpet), ...

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Article: Interview

Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk

Read "Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


A high-stakes election season. Streets filled with rage and protest. Cries for racial justice and equity. The latest news from summer 2020? Of course, but that also describes the American Scene in the summer of 1968, when a high school student in Palo Alto, California, first got the idea to book Thelonious Monk to play his ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Places in Space, in Time

Read "Places in Space, in Time" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Abraham Inc. Together We Stand Table Pounding Music 2019 “Ever since I formed Klezmer Madness! in the mid 1990's I've been exploring the possibilities of adding funk, jazz, and lately hip-hop influences to klezmer," explains David Krakauer, an expert clarinet voice in jazz, klezmer and classical ...

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Article: Highly Opinionated

Frank Sinatra: Myth, Reality and a Critic Standing in Line at Arby’s

Read "Frank Sinatra: Myth, Reality and a Critic Standing in Line at Arby’s" reviewed by S.G Provizer


The mere act of re-releasing a 1960 Frank Sinatra album speaks to the fact that his name still creates ripples when tossed into the cultural pond; still has the power to inspire a reaction when other other vocal stars of yore have receded into distant memory. An ocean of ink has been spilled in portraits and ...


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