Education

Swing U / Fall Virtual Term - The Poet Laureate of Jazz: Jon Hendricks

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Online

(212) 258-9922

http://www.2021.jazz.org/the-poet-laureate-of-jazz

Price

All Access Pass, $275.00; Single Class, $10.00

Event Dates

Oct 09, 2021

Oct 16, 2021

Oct 23, 2021

Oct 30, 2021

Nov 06, 2021

When

Saturdays, 3:00pm

Jazz at Lincoln Center

INSTRUCTOR: PETE CHURCHILL

Celebrate the extraordinary life and language of the ‘Poet Laureate of Jazz’. These five lectures will endeavor to trace the long arc of Jon Hendricks’ extraordinary life in order to find out how it was that he emerged to become the greatest Jazz poet who has ever lived.   By listening to select recordings and analyzing his lyrical output, we will attempt to trace the development of his unique output over the many decades of his career and seek to gain an understanding of his wisdom and the depth of his craft.

Swing U classes will be available to re-watch on-demand up to 7 days after airing.

Please note that a link to access your nightly classes will be found in the confirmation email you receive with your order. Nightly classes do not stream from this page.

PURCHASE BY INDIVIDUAL WEEK • ALL CLASSES 3PM ET

WEEK 1 • OCT 9 – JON HENDRICKS’ EARLY YEARS   REGISTER

Growing up as a preacher’s son in Toledo, Ohio, Jon Hendricks would ultimately find his musical voice and his way to New York. A winding road through the years of World War II, an encounter with Charlie Parker, and more will ultimately land him at the perfect place to launch his legendary career.

WEEK 2 • OCT 16 – THE BIRTH OF VOCALESE   REGISTER

Today we explore what Vocalese is, how it emerged within Jazz singing, and how Jon Hendricks became involved in its rise. We’ll hear from fellow masters like King Pleasure and Dave Lambert, listen for what made Jon Hendricks’ style so unique, and then dive into one of Jazz’s greatest releases: Sing a Song of Basie by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross.

WEEK 3 • OCT 23 – LAMBERT, HENDRICKS, AND ROSS   REGISTER

One of the greatest ensembles of all time, “The Hottest New Group in Jazz” would upend the world of jazz vocals throughout their run of 1957-1962. We’ll discuss how the group formed, explore some of their greatest moments as a trio, and delve into the end of the era following Ross’ departure.

WEEK 4 • OCT 30 – LIFE AFTER LAMBERT, HENDRICKS, AND ROSS   REGISTER

While Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross disbanded in 1964, Hendricks found himself working extensively, taking part in tireless touring, recording solo albums, establishing the ensemble Jon Hendricks & Co, and even taking part in new collaborations, most famously with none other than the Manhattan Transfer!

WEEK 5 • NOV 6 – FINAL DECADES   REGISTER

Hendricks remained active right up until his passing in 2017 at age 96. Incredible late-career projects like his lyricization of the famous Miles Ahead album, brilliant late-career albums like Freddie Freeloader, and more paint a picture of an artist who never stopped growing. We’ll explore his final years and his lasting legacy.