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Jon Hendricks gives a clinic on vocalese at the 2007 Art of Jazz Festival.
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September 16, 2011 Hendricks puts words to jazz in insanely complex vocal arrangements of instrumental solos.
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Al Jarreau says that Jon Hendricks' lyrics can appear simple, but contain "depths of meaning."
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September 16, 2011 The paragon of vocal cool courted his wife of nearly 35 years with Hendricks' vocalese lyrics. And to this day, Jarreau still considers the elder statesman a major influence on his music, as he reveals in this Q&A.
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January 9, 2008 The popularity of jazz in its golden age owes much to the great American songbook — to the great lyricists who set poetry to rhythm, and to the interpreters who created their individual takes on those words.
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