Jon Hendricks

And after all
Doing what you love while you're living
In tails or in tatters
This is all that matters
Jon Hendricks, "What Am I Here For?"

Welcome visitors who have gotten here via! This is a placeholder page until I can get the real official Jon Hendricks web page up. (This is a rather unofficial one that I've had for ages.) The goal is to have it up and running in time for the Four Brothers concert June 15th.

In the meantime, you can check out the message board, which I've just gotten up and running.

Vocalese didn't really take off until Jon Hendricks got his hands on it. Apparently he wrote "Four Brothers" (covered by nearly everyone, it seems) very quickly after hearing "Moody's Mood for Love". He teamed up with Dave Lambert to record it, a collaboration was born, and LHR took off. He wrote scads of great vocalese lyrics for that group and later the Manhattan Transfer, plus a long solo career which is still going strong.

His lyrics are witty, erudite, philosophical, and they swing. What more could you ask for? Well, he can sing pretty well, too, though when he gets going quickly the lyrics he sings can approach incomprehensible. He's got a number of albums, both solo and with various collections of friends. Good things just seem to happen when he is around.

Most recently, he has teamed up with Annie Ross again for a series of concerts in New York and Boston. We have a review of the first 1999 Boston show from Jim Bazin, with pictures. Or a shorter, unillustrated review of an Detroit Orchestra Hall show I saw in 2000.



For lots more Hendricks listings, see LHR and The Manhattan Transfer.
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