|Tags:||jazz jazz vocal|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
John Carl Hendricks, 16 September 1921, Newark, Ohio, USA. Although he studied law, Hendricks was drawn to jazz and worked as a drummer and singer while still at college. An engagement with Charlie Bird Parker prompted a move into full-time music. Hendricks wrote lyrics to solos created by jazzmen, a form of singing which has never been overcrowded with skilled practitioners. Collaborations with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross led to the formation of the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks And Ross, which had a number of successful records. This group continued into the mid-60s (with Ross being succeeded by Yolande Bavan for the last couple of years). Subsequently, Hendricks worked with other vocal groups and resumed his solo career. In the 70s he began performing with his wife and children and has also worked with Bobby McFerrin and Manhattan Transfer. His superb 1990 Denon release featured contributions from McFerrin, George Benson and Al Jarreau. Other...