Annie Ross

Annie Ross died last week (July 21, 2020). She was one-third of the vocal group, Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross who sang in a style of music called vocalese. Jon Hendricks created the style and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross were the first stars starting in the 1950s. The Pointer Sisters and the Manhattan Transfer both sang in this format. If you like scat, you’ll probably love vocalese. I love both. Scatting often attempts to make the voice sound like an instrument. Vocalese puts words to the horn parts of jazz tunes to sing the solos.

You can read more tributes and details of Annie Ross’s life here, here, and here.

The following are videos showing the trio in action. 

The last video is of a composition by Annie Ross, Twisted.

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