Jon Hendricks, a jazz singer and songwriter who became famous in the 1950s with the vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross by putting lyrics to well-known jazz instrumentals and turning them into vocal tours de force, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 96.
Although he was a gifted vocal improviser in his own right, Mr. Hendricks was best known for adding words to the improvisations of others. He took pieces recorded by jazz ensembles like the Count Basie Orchestra and the Horace Silver Quintet and, using their titles as points of departure, created intricate narratives and tongue-in-cheek philosophical treatises that matched both the melody lines and the serpentine contours of the instrumental solos, note for note and inflection for inflection.
The New Jersey Jazz Society serves the New Jersey jazz community in many ways, including assembling some great talent for shows throughout the year. They just celebrated their 45th Anniversary with a Big Band to BeBop and Beyond concert at Drew University in Madison, NJ.
These anticipated anniversary events celebrate of the rich jazz history of our state. They host big bands and smaller ensembles, and always feature some great players. This year, the event celebrated the 75-year career of the Garden State's own legendary jazz guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli. Now in his nineties, Bucky is still going strong.
For more information about the society and future events, click below or visit http://njjs.org
A guitarist central for many years to the jazz scene in Philadelphia, Jimmy Bruno, has had a terrible fall at home, which has left him on a respirator. His family is bracing for a long rehabilitation with considerable medical bills and a dramatic loss of needed family income. His wife, Peg, and his children are at his side 24/7 and hoping that Jimmy regains consciousness. You can help by making a tax-deductable donation at www.jazzbridge.org (designate your amount is for "The Jimmy Fund").
Well known jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola had an accident that will leave him out of work for about a year. To date, he has had several surgeries and will need more in the near future. Frank and his family must spend all of thier time focusing on his full recovery, but they are also facing the burdens of living and medical expenses. To help, friends and fans are raising funds through a gofundme appeal at GoFundMe for Frank