By Matt Micucci
Vocalist Kurt Elling will present the ASCAP Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award to Jon Hendricks at the 31st annual Bistro Awards on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City.
In addition to his work as a solo artist, vocalist Jon Hendricks is best known for co-founding the pioneering vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross in the ’50s, with whom he mastered the art of vocalese, a technique of adding lyrics to instrumental compositions and instrumental solos.
Annie Ross, will also be honored with a Bistro Award for her Outstanding Contributions to the World of Jazz on the night.
Elling, who will also be performing on the night, said, “Jon is undoubtedly the greatest jazz singer alive and an internationally. His recorded scat solos stand up to those of the most accomplished improvisers of his generation; his lyrics are on a par with the masters of any genre of writing. He is living history, and his is the standard to which any jazz singer must aspire.”
For more info and a full list of winners, go to http://bistroawards.com/