UT’s jazz legend to be recognized by Lake Erie West Hall of Fame
Dec 5, 2008
Jon Hendricks, UT Distinguished Professor of Jazz, will be inducted into the Lake Erie West Hall of Fame Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes College in Sylvania.
The Lake Erie West Hall of Fame for the performing arts opened in 1998 at the SeaGate Center in Toledo. The hall was established to recognize and honor individuals born or raised in northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan who, through their endeavors in the performing arts, have gained regional, national and/or international recognition.
Hendricks grew up in Toledo and went on to become the father of vocalese — the setting of lyrics to established jazz standards. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Hendricks teamed up with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross and popularized vocalese. The style influenced countless vocalists, including Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin and The Manhattan Transfer.
His many honors include five Grammy Awards, the President’s Merit Award, the Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts, and the French Legion of Honor in the class of knight or chevalier.
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, Miss America 1988, and Fred Lebfevre, WSPD radio morning talk personality, will serve as hosts. The event also will feature holiday music performed by some of the area’s most recognized entertainers, including Eddie Boggs, Jean Holden and Bob Wurst, as well as the Ballet Theatre of Toledo and members of the Sylvania Community Orchestra.
Tickets are $15.
Proceeds from the show will benefit Family House of Toledo, an agency that provides assistance to area homeless families.
For more information, call the Franciscan Center at 419.824.3999.