Jon Carl Hendricks, a son of Ohio, born in Newark, a Columbus suburb, first sang in his father's church at age seven. He became one of the world's most innovative, clever and passionate jazz singers, still going as recently as early this year. He was 96 when he died last Wednesday (November 22) at a Manhattan hospital. Hendricks, known for his high-velocity vocals and scat-singing, became the defining artist in the complex jazz vocal style known as Vocalese, a concept pioneered by Pittsburgh jazz vocalist Eddie Jefferson. Scatting, a concept created by Louis Armstrong, generally involves singing sounds or syllables, not actual lyrics. (Photo: Toledo Blade)
A look at the enduring legacy of visionary jazz pianist-composer-bebop innovator Thelonious Monk, born 100 years ago on October 10th, with versions of some of his greatest music played by others and by Monk himself. Pittsburgh's Joe Negri provides the last word with Monk's greatest composition.