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Jon Hendricks: Happy Birthday to the Poet Laureate of Jazz

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hendricks performing with the Art of Jazz Community Voices at the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto in 2008. Hendricks performing with the Art of Jazz Community Voices at the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto in 2008. (Ataelw)

On Friday, jazz singer songwriter Jon Hendricks turns 90 years old. WNYC says "Happy Birthday" to the Poet Laureate of Jazz with the following videos and slideshow that show Hendricks onstage performing vocalese and doing some seriously impressive scatting.

Here, Hendricks performs "Airegin" by Sonny Rollins with his trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross) in 1959.

After Annie Ross left LHR in 1962, Yolanda Bavan took her place. Here's a video of the Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan trio performing "Cousin Mary" by John Coltrane.

After the Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan trio broke up, Hendricks went solo. In this video, he performs "Down for Double" with Mel Tormé and The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.

Check out a slideshow of Hendricks performing below.

An autographed Lambert-Hendricks-Ross Trio ticket from a 1960 show at Cornell University.
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An autographed Lambert-Hendricks-Ross Trio ticket from a 1960 show at Cornell University.
Jon and his daughter Aria Hendricks performing at Regattabar Jazz Bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Jon and his daughter Aria Hendricks performing at Regattabar Jazz Bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Hendricks appluading a kids' dance group at the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto in 2008.
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Hendricks appluading a kids' dance group at the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto in 2008.
Hendricks performing with the Art of Jazz Community Voices at the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto in 2008.
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Hendricks performing with the Art of Jazz Community Voices at the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto in 2008.
Grammy Award-winner Al Jarreau, who cited LH&R as an influence, performing with Hendricks in Toledo, Ohio.
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Grammy Award-winner Al Jarreau, who cited LH&R as an influence, performing with Hendricks in Toledo, Ohio.
Musician Jon Hendricks at the 5th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize presentation ceremony on October 29, 2002 in Washington D.C.
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Hendricks at the 5th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize presentation ceremony on October 29, 2002 in Washington D.C.
In a word: class.
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In a word: class.

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Maurice Parker from Sonoma, CA

I have been a fan of Jon Hendricks since my older brother played a recording of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross' "Doodlin'" for me back in the late '50's. The Jazzsingerchannel's video of the group singing Sonny Rollins' "Aregin" is the best documented performance of their power and creativity. The only other performance that comes close is the Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan recording live at Newport 1963 where they perform Richard Carpenter's, "Walkin'" and Herbie Hancocks, Watermelon Man" with Clark Terry and Coleman Hawkins. Thank You!

Oct. 01 2011 07:13 PM

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