Talk:Jon Hendricks

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For a prime exampe of Jon Hendricks' mastery of the vocalese style, listen to his vocalese of John Coltrane's solo from "Freddie Freeloader." The mere fact that he can sing that solo is enough to blow one's mind. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.187.16.27 (talk) 02:26, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

Evolution of the Blues[edit]

This article says that in 1978 Hendricks "created and starred in a play at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles titled 'Evolution of the Blues,' which was produced by attorneys Burton Marks and Mark Green."

But I saw that show in San Francisco at the "On Broadway Theater" in North Beach several years before that. At the time, I worked at a printing company called Rice Printing that printed flyers for the show, and they gave us some free tickets. It was wonderful! But I think it was around 1974. Sadly, I had to move from SF for college in 1975, and it had to be before that. I'm not able to edit the article because I don't have my facts totally straight, and I don't know whether or not the SF run was the premier. But the article is definitely wrong when it says he created the play in 1978. Does anyone know more about this detail? Mcudahy (talk) 17:54, 27 August 2010 (UTC)

I see that someone wrote in the "Solo" section, "A piece he wrote specifically for the stage about the history of jazz, Evolution of the Blues, ran an unprecedented five years at the Off-Broadway Theatre in San Francisco and another year in Los Angeles." I think that's more accurate than the passage I complained about above (which is still on the page), but it doesn't include any dates. And, being placed in the "Solo" section, it's also arguably closer to where Evolution of the Blues belongs in the article--it certainly doesn't belong in the "Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross" section. But Hendricks did do a lot of actual solo singing work, and the writing and directing of Evolution of the Blues, and even his singing in the show, doesn't fit that category, either. Hendricks was more than a singer; he was a writer and, in this case, director, I believe. Also, there's an inaccuracy in this second reference to the stage show: the theater (long defunct) was called the "On Broadway Theater," not the "Off-Broadway Theatre." And, in fact, it was on Broadway, the SF version of Broadway, at least. The name of the theater was clever and amusing because it was (a) literally accurate, and (b) jokingly inaccurate (since the phrase "on Broadway" virtually always refers to the New York theater district). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mcudahy (talkcontribs) 00:35, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Note re appearance in Vocalese[edit]

It's hard to find his singing credits in the liner notes but they're there. He performed solos in "Airegin," "Another Night in Tunisia," and "Ray's Rockhouse." Tualha (Talk) 16:25, 13 July 2012 (UTC)