Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

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Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresJazz, vocalese, vocal jazz
Years active1957–1964
LabelsABC-Paramount, Roulette, Columbia
Past members

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were an American vocalese trio formed by jazz vocalists Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. From 1962 to 1964, Ross was replaced by vocalist Yolande Bavan.[1]


The group formed in 1957 and recorded their first album Sing a Song of Basie for ABC-Paramount Records. The album featured versions of Count Basie standards and was successful enough that the Count Basie Orchestra collaborated with them on Sing Along With Basie (1959). Sing a Song of Basie was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.

Beginning in 1959, the trio recorded three LPs with Columbia Records. They recorded a version of Ross's 1952 song "Twisted", featuring her lyrics set to a Wardell Gray melody. Their High Flying album won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group in 1962. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were voted Best Vocal Group in the Down Beat Readers Poll from 1959 to 1963.

Annie Ross left the group in 1962, replaced by vocalist Yolande Bavan. The band was renamed Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan and made three live albums before disbanding in 1964. Lambert, Hendricks and Bavan appeared at the 1962 Newport Jazz Festival, and their performances of "Comin' Home" and "Moanin'" can be seen in Buddy Bregman's film The 1962 Newport Jazz Festival.

The group was also known as Lambert, Hendricks and Moss when Canadian jazz singer Anne Marie Moss briefly replaced Annie Ross.[2]

Any hopes of a reunion of the original trio ended with Lambert's death in a road accident in Connecticut on October 3, 1966.[3]

In 2012, No One But Me, a documentary film about Annie Ross, featured contributions from Hendricks and contained footage of the duo reuniting for a performance.[4] Jon Hendricks died on November 22, 2017. Annie Ross died on July 21, 2020.[5]



  1. ^ Heckman, Don (November 4, 1999). "Hendricks and Ross Pursue a New Sound". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ "Lambert, Hendricks and Ross Study Guide & Homework Help - Reference". Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1424. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  4. ^ "Jon Hendricks « No One But Me". Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Matt Schudel. "Annie Ross, mainstay of 'the greatest jazz vocal group that ever was,' dies at 89". The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  6. ^ Columbia Album Discography, Part 10 (CL 1400-1499) 1959-1961
  7. ^ Columbia Album Discography, Part 11 (CL 1500 to CL 1599) 1960-1961
  8. ^ Columbia Album Discography, Part 12 (CL 1600-1699/CS 8400-8499) 1961-1962
  9. ^ "Lambert, Hendricks & Ross | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 11, 2016.

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