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Concert to celebrate jazz icon April 3

The University of Toledo Department of Music and a host of performers will present a concert honoring the memory and the music of Jon Hendricks, jazz legend and former UT faculty member.

The concert will be held Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Jon Hendricks wore a 1990 Grammy Award nominee medal in this 2008 shot by UT Photographer Daniel Miller.

Performers will include jazz vocalists Ramona Collins, Lori Lefevre, Kim Buehler, Kelly Broadway, Ellie Martin and Isabella Weik.

Musicians for the concert will be Jay Weik (guitar), Norm Damschroder (bass), Tad Weed (piano) and Olman Piedra (percussion/drums).

Many consider Hendricks to be the father of vocalese — the art of setting lyrics to established jazz standards. With the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, he refined vocalese, whereby voices are arranged to sing the parts of instruments.

Hendricks taught at the University 16 years. The UT Distinguished Professor of Jazz who struck a lasting note in the music world passed away Nov. 22, 2017.

Proceeds from the concert will be used to establish a scholarship fund at The University of Toledo in his name.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. They are available in advance from the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.2787 or online at utoledo.tix.com. Tickets also will also be available at the door.

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