Bill Henderson & His Trio @ The Kennedy Center
Born in Chicago in 1930, Bill came into music during a very hip era. And he had the ideal voice -- a gorgeous baritone, reminiscent of Joe Williams. He sang with Ramsey Lewis, in New York with Horace Silver, in Las Vegas with the Basie Band. He made a recording with Oscar Peterson (we hear a clip on JazzSet). Then he moved to Los Angeles.
Henderson credits Bill Cosby as his connection to the world of film and TV acting. He has dozens of credits to his name, regularly over five decades. As this set from the Kennedy Center unfolds, you'll hear why. There's more than a voice. Bill Henderson has beautiful timing and such an easy personality.
He highlights music by Billy Strayhorn, with insight into Strayhorn's complicated musical relationship to Duke Ellington. As the set closes, Bill delivers a short monologue that he remembers from Duke in Chicago. It's must-hear -- unique and sweet.
"I Thought About You" Van Heusen, Mercer
"Daydream" Ellington, Latouche, Strayhorn
"Flower is a Lovesome Thing" Strayhorn
"Tin Tin Deo" Fuller, Pozo
"I've Got a Crush on You" Gershwin, Gershwin
"Never Make Your Move Too Soon" Hooper & Jennings
"My Ship" Gershwin & Weill
"The Moon Was Yellow" Ahlert & Leslie
"That Old Black Magic" Arlen & Mercer
"Keep the Customer Satisfied" Simon
"My Little Brown Book" Strayhorn
Bill Henderson - vocals
Ed Vodicka - piano/musical director
Mark Z. Stevens - drums
Chris Conner - bass
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