Singer Jon Hendricks, 'poet laureate of jazz', dies at 96

Jon Hendricks, a jazz singer whose compelling scat-style renditions and lyricizing of instrumental standards earned him the nickname “the James Joyce of jive,” has died in New York, his family told The New York Times. He was 96.

No cause of death was given.

Performers from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to composer/playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda offered warm tributes on social media to a musician Downbeat magazine called “one of the most important vocalists in jazz history.