Jon Hendricks, a jazz singer and songwriter who became famous in the 1950s with the vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross by putting lyrics to well-known jazz instrumentals and turning them into vocal tours de force, died recently in Manhattan. He was 96.
Although he was a gifted vocal improviser in his own right, Mr. Hendricks was best known for adding words to the improvisations of others. He took pieces recorded by jazz ensembles like the Count Basie Orchestra and the Horace Silver Quintet and, using their titles as points of departure, created intricate narratives and tongue-in-cheek philosophical treatises that matched both the melody lines and the serpentine contours of the instrumental solos, note for note and inflection for inflection.
The Bickford Theater hosts some great jazz. This month, catch cornetist, Mike Davis, in a tribute to Bix Beiderbecke and the music of the Roaring Twenties.
In April, catch NJ-based pianist, Jerry Vezza and singer/songwriter, Grover Kemble. These local favorites perform regaularly at Madison’s Shanghai Jazz.
Ken Peplowski’s Benny Goodman Tribute will capture the spirit of Benny Goodman in May's event. Will Friedwald wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Peplowski sounds the way [Benny] Goodman might have if he had kept evolving...”
The one and only Dick Hyman peforms solo in May. This is a chance to hear America’s greatest music performed by this living legend in the intimate setting of the Bickford Theatre.
Neville Dickie, one of the foremost advocates of stride piano and boogie woogie, reunites for this June performance with the incomparable Midiri Brothers.
The New Brunswick Jazz Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting world-class jazz performances in downtown New Brunswick & other Central Jersey venues. Since its inception in 2010 NBJP has gone from presenting two jazz performances a month, to offering FREE shows throughout the year, four nights every week. This month marks NBJP's 8th Annual Women in Jazz project.
Outstanding performances for this year can be found in venues around New Brunswick include the Mariel Bildsten Trio, the Lucy Yeghiazaryan Trio, Luba Mason Triangle, Jackie Jones Duo, Seyeon Chang Band, and the Nicole Glover Trio.