Two jazz veterans pass away

Two jazz veterans pass away


norman lebrecht

November 23, 2017

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


  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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!!!