The Mistakes are the Only Part That’s Jazz
This is Bop - Jon Hendricks and the Art of Vocal Jazz - Peter Jones
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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.
London was kind to Jon Hendricks, who quickly established a presence there, becoming a regular contributor to radio and TV shows. The city was his base for regular European gigs and tours, and he recorded three albums and some singles. After five years the family returned to the US, and Jon found work as a jazz journalist and lecturer, but became embroiled in a legal dispute over Evolution of the Blues.