A legend of vocal jazz and the creator of the vocalese style of putting words to classic jazz music, singer Jon Hendricks has always been unafraid to speak his mind, even when contradicting conventional thought.
For the debut of his new AAJ column, Jazz on the 90th Floor
, Dr. Gregg Akkerman speaks with the nonagenarian singer about vocalese interpretations of Miles Davis
, singing slow ballads...and his thoughts on the authorship of one of jazz's most often-covered standards that will come as a surprise to most.
Ackermann will be using Jazz on the 90th Floor
to put his love for the Great American Songbook into action with interviews, reviews, and essays covering both classic and contemporary singers of the genre. Cole Porter
's lyric to Down in the Depths" are a reminder that even Manhattan sophisticates dancing at 90th-floor nightclubs can still get the blues, and Akkerman reconciles those same sentimental extremes in his ongoing examination of vocal jazz.
Be sure to check out Jon Hendricks: Still Creative, Still Outspoken
, the debut of Jazz on the 90th Floor
, today at All About Jazz!
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