February 24: Jon Hendricks Remembered

February 24, 2018 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
The Nash
110 E Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
$20, $10 Students (25 & Under w/ ID)

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Jon Hendricks Remembered: A Tribute by Ira Hill-vocals, with Judy Roberts-piano, and Greg Fishman-woodwinds

Jon Hendricks, was an American jazz lyricist and singer. He is one of the originators of vocalese, which adds lyrics to existing instrumental songs and replaces many instruments with vocalists, such as the big-band arrangements of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. He is considered one of the best practitioners of scat singing, which involves vocal jazz soloing. Jazz critic and historian Leonard Feather called him the “Poet Laureate of Jazz”, while Time dubbed him the “James Joyce of Jive”. Al Jarreau called him “pound-for-pound the best jazz singer on the planet—maybe that’s ever been”.

Ira Hill is a Phoenix based vocalist specializing in bepop, hard bop, and traditional straight-ahead jazz styles. He is influenced heavily by the vocalese masters Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, Eddie Jefferson, and Kurt Elling. Ira has attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and currently has an album entitled ‘Tomorrow‘, produced by Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer.


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