Jazz Foundation of America Jon Hendricks Miles Ahead - New York City Article

The Jazz Foundation of America presents Jon Hendricks' "Miles Ahead"

The Jazz Foundation of America presents Jon Hendricks' "Miles Ahead"

Feb 15, 2017, 12:00 am

Jon Hendrick's "Miles Ahead" at The Jazz Foundation of America

St. Peter's

619 Lexington Ave., (212) 935-2200

Friday, February 17

In 1957, Miles Davis and Gil Evans released “Miles Ahead,” perhaps the all-time masterpiece of orchestral modern jazz. This groundbreaking album that forced musicians and listeners to reconsider preconceived notions of the relationship between the soloist and the ensemble, as well as that of one song to another. It was almost that long ago that Jon Hendricks, who was at the time best known as the lyric-writing third of jazz’s all-time greatest vocal group, Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, began his plan to adapt the album as a concert work for vocal choir. While individual pieces have been heard here and there over the years (“New Rhumba” turned up on an album in 2000), the complete work has never been performed. Thanks to Hendricks’s old friend, Quincy Jones (and the Jazz Foundation of America), who offered to produce it, Hendricks’s complete “Miles Ahead” will finally receive its long-awaited premiere. With the author present, the 20-voice London Vocal Project will debut what promises to be an amazing work. It may not be the last hurrah for this most venerated of all jazz singer-songwriters – who turns 96 in September - but it just might be his most spectacular.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)