Jon Hendricks, a pioneer of jazz music has passed away at the age of 96. According to reports, the singer died on Wednesday in New York City.
Known for his vocal ensemble group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, the Grammy winner helped to create a new and inventive jazz vocal technique.
A highly acclaimed singer and songwriter, Hendricks helped bring the jazz vocal technique vocalese to a vast audience in the 1950s and 1960s.
No stranger to the Recording Academy™, Hendricks’ jazz ensemble Lambert, Hendricks & Ross earned the Best Performance By A Vocal Group GRAMMY® for High Flying for 1961 and Hendricks also earned the Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male GRAMMY for 1985 for his contributions to the Manhattan Transfer's "Another Night In Tunisia."
His poetic lyrics and inventive singing had an undeniable influence beyond the jazz scene.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said, "Jon will be missed, but his legacy will live on forever. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, and collaborators during this difficult time."