Vocalist Jon Hendricks was born in Newark, Ohio in 1921. He has taken the vocalese style of singing pioneered by King Pleasure and Eddie Jefferson to a virtuoso level and is a household name with jazz fans around the world. His unique re-working of Basie standards with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and later Joe Williams, established a new style of vocal jazz in the late ‘50's and this trio recorded such classic tunes as "Cloudburst" "Gimme That Wine" and "Centerpiece." His production "Evolution of the Blues" became a hit at the 1960 Monterey Jazz Festival and Jon is currently working on a revival of this show. He is in constant demand as a lyricist, performer and spokesman for jazz and appears at major jazz venues here and abroad.
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