Jazz legend Jon Hendricks dies at 96
Jon Hendricks, best known for his work with 1950s vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, has died aged 96. Hendricks was an American jazzlyricist and singer considered one of the originators of vocalese, considered one of the originators of vocalesewhich adds lyrics to existing instrumental songs and replaces many instruments with vocalists.
Jon Hendricks is considered one of the best practitioners of scat singing, which involves vocal jazz soloing. For his work as a lyricist, he earned the nicknames of “Poet Laureate of Jazz” and “James Joyce of Jive“.
Hendricks died on Wednesday (Nov. 22) in Manhattan, New York City and his death, in a hospital, was confirmed by his daughter Aria. The artist is survived by two daughters, one son, three grandchildren and a niece. He was predeceased by his wife, Judith, in 2015.