Wikipedia : This day (November 22, 2017), in Manhattan, New York, died Jon Hendricks, an American jazz singer, one of the originators of vocalese
Jon Hendricks : Recalling that Charlie Parker had, at a stop in Toledo two years prior, encouraged him to come to New York and look him up, Hendricks moved there and began his singing career.
@Allmusic : After returning to San Francisco, Hendricks wrote about jazz for the San Francisco Chronicle; taught jazz; and formed a group with his wife Judith, children Michelle and Eric, and other singers (including for a time Bobby McFerrin) called the Hendricks Family, that was active on a part-time basis for decades to come.
@last.fm : In 1957 he teamed with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross to form the legendary vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. With Jon as lyricist, the trio perfected the art of vocalese and took it around the world, earning them the designation of the “Number One Vocal Group in the World” for five years in a row from Melody Maker magazine.
Audio : The Duck – O Pato . Jive Samba . Freddie Freeloader . Watermelon Man . Shiny Silk Stockings . Yeh! Yeh! . Everything Started In The House Of The Lord . I’ll Die Happy . Fas’ Livin’ Blues . No More Blues .
Video : w/ André Minvielle – Live In Paris (2009) . Soul For Sale (1997) . Chega De Saudade (1993) . w/ The Manhattan Transfer – Airegin (1991) . w/ Mel Torme – Down For Double . In Walked Bud (1983) . Lambert Hendricks And Ross – Airegin .