This is Bop - Jon Hendricks and the Art of Vocal Jazz - Peter Jones

This is Bop - Jon Hendricks and the Art of Vocal Jazz - Peter Jones

Mitigating Circumstances

This is Bop - Jon Hendricks and the Art of Vocal Jazz - Peter Jones

Peter Jones [+-]
Jazz singer and journalist
Peter Jones is a jazz singer and journalist based in London. He read English at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and after a brief sojourn at the University of New Mexico he returned to England and began working as a pop music journalist. After a decade as a film and TV publicist, during which he was the researcher for the autobiography of Spitting Image founder Roger Law, he gained an MA in Film and Television Studies from the University of Westminster. Until 2015 he taught film and media at a variety of London colleges, and published a short book on black cinema (BFI Publishing), followed by a handbook for Media and Film students (Hodder Arnold). For several years he played bass in a jazz sextet, before deciding to concentrate on singing. At around the time of his first album (‘One Way Ticket to Palookaville’ - 2013) he developed a serious interest in the work of Mark Murphy, which has continued ever since. He began working for London Jazz News, reviewing concerts and CDs, and conducting interviews, including one with Kurt Elling in 2015. His second album (‘Utopia’) was released in 2016.

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In World War II, he took part in the D-Day landings, and survived the German gun batteries, only to find himself and fellow black soldiers targeted by white American military police. He went on the run, was recaptured and court martialed. Aboard his returning troop ship he experienced an epiphany on hearing a record by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

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Jones, Peter. Mitigating Circumstances. This is Bop - Jon Hendricks and the Art of Vocal Jazz. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 25-32 Dec 2020. ISBN 9781781798744. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41230. Date accessed: 28 Oct 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41230. Dec 2020

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