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February 21, 2008

Jazz Vocalist Jon Hendricks in Toronto

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Art of Jazz presents
Jon Hendricks
Wed. March 5
Hugh’s Room, Toronto

Father of Vocalese Presented by Art of Jazz

Jazz vocalist and lyricist Jon Hendricks will be appearing at Hugh’s Room in Toronto on Wednesday, March 5, along with a top-drawer ensemble of Canadian jazz musicians including Don Thompson (piano), Jane Bunnett (Flute and Soprano Sax), Neil Swainson (bass), Terry Clarke (drums) and Larry Cramer (Trumpet & Flugelhorn). The concert is presented by Art of Jazz.

Named “The Poet Laureate of Jazz” by Leonard Feather, iconic jazz critic and historian, Jon Hendricks is known world-wide as one of the top vocalists of all time. He invented a new jazz vocal language, based on an instrumental approach to the music, freely using both lyrics and “scat”. Among Hendrick’s numerous credits, he is recognized as the creative force behind the legendary jazz vocal trio, “Lambert, Hendricks & Ross,” and Duke Ellington, who selected him as the featured vocalist for his first Sacred Concert.

The ‘Father of Vocalese’ is considered the greatest innovator of this art form involving setting lyrics to instrumental works and arranging the voices to sing the parts of the instruments. Many jazz masters have invited Hendricks to lyricize their music, including the great Thelonius Monk.

Jon Hendricks has been recognized for his enormous contributions to jazz with a number of honours, being named Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Toledo. He has also won several Grammy’s, the French Legion of Honor, Emmy, Iris and Peabody Awards, and is a member of the Kennedy Centre Honors Committee.

for more info visit www.harmonyware.com/JonHendricks/

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