Hendricks, Jon (jazz) [John Carl]
- Philip Greene
- , revised by Barry Kernfeld
(b Newark, OH, Sept 16, 1921; d New York, Nov 22, 2017). American singer and lyricist. At the age of 14 he often sang with Art Tatum. Recalling army service during World War II, he said “we fought the White soldiers in the American army long before we met Germans”; he eventually went absent without leave after a race riot, was caught a year later and imprisoned, but after 11 months was released, in a cover-up of the racial incidents (Joyce and Joyce, 1983). On his return home he continued to sing and also played drums while attending college in Toledo, Ohio, where he studied literature and, later, law. On one occasion during this period he worked with Charlie Parker, who advised him to take up music professionally. He moved to New York, where he recorded Four Brothers (May 1955, not 1957, as is often given) with Dave Lambert and ...