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Two jazz veterans pass away

November 23, 2017 by norman lebrecht

3 comments.


The vocalist Jon Hendricks has died at 96 and the great Columbia Records producer George Avakian at 98.

Tributes at Jazz Times.

photo: John Ross/Masterworks


Comments (3)

  1. Ruben Greenberg says:

    John Hendricks was a wonderful musician and a wonderful man. He was a real jazz scholar and influence. If I remember right, he took part in the allied landing in Normandy at the end of World War II. A long, very full and worthwhile existence. Rest in peace.

  2. Clarrieu says:

    Wow, what a tribute: eight words (plus a typo in his name) for the most influential innovator of male vocal jazz. That’s surely Thanksgiving…

  3. Larry says:

    Norman, your spelling of “Hendrix” is for the rock guitarist, Jimi. The great jazz singer, Jon, spelled his last name “Hendricks.” He was a true jazz genius, one-of-a-kind. I’m listening to the album “The Hottest New Group in Jazz” as I type this. Brilliant!!!


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