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Joe Henderson – Bio

In Bio, Recorda Me on November 8, 2018 at 10:21 am
Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson
Tenor Saxophone
April 24, 1937 — June 30, 2001

“Joe Henderson is always in the middle of a great solo.”

–Richard Cook & Brian Morton

Joe Henderson was born in Lima, Ohio, on April 24, 1937. Lima is fifty miles south of Toledo, Ohio, sixty miles north of Dayton, Ohio, sixty miles east of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and about a hundred and twenty miles from Detroit–which is probably the reason why Joe went to Detroit to live and study.

He finished high school in Lima, and gives credit to a home town drummer, John Jarette, who advised him to listen to Charlie Parker, among others. Getz was the one who got through to him first because of his sound, taste and simplicity; however, later, Charlie Parker became his great inspiration.

There were a couple of piano players around Lima who gave him a working knowledge of the piano, namely Richard Patterson and Don Hurless. They were older fellows who went to school with his older brothers and sisters. Incidentally, there were fifteen brothers and sisters, and there being no night baseball or T.V., this might have possibly accounted for such a large family.

Joe’s first saxophone teacher, Herbert Murphy, was responsible for his embryonic understanding of the instrument. Joe was still in high school, and he did quite a bit of writing for the school concert band and also for various “rock” groups that came through Lima.

“My older brother James T. encouraged me to go to college to cultivate the talent he thought I had. I went to Kentucky State College for one year, then to Wayne University in Detroit where I met Yusef Lateef, High Lawson, Donald Byrd and all the other motor city musicians.”

In Detroit, Joe studied with Larry Teal at the Teal School of Music, learning theory, harmony and the finer points of saxophone playing. He also studied flute and string bass at Wayne University. During the latter part of 1959, he formed his own group. Prior to his army induction, he was commissioned by “UNAC,” an organization similar to NAACP or the Urban League, to do a suite called “Swing and Strings” which showcased some originals arranged by him, played by an orchestra comprised of ten members from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra combined with the local dance band of Jimmy Wilkins, the brother of Ernie Wilkins.

1960 found Joe Henderson in the United States Army Band at Fort Benning, GA. He had competed in the army talent show and won first place with a 4 piece combo, which qualified him for the all army entertainment contest. Later he was chosen at Fort Belvoir, Virgina, to tour with a show around the world to entertain troops. This tour led him to Okinawa, Korea, Japan, Panama, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, England and other countries. While in Paris, he sat in with Kenny Clarke and Kenny Drew.

In the late summer of 1962, a bearded young 25 year old tenor saxophonist, slight of build, with might in his fingers, rolled into New York town in a sleek black Mercedes-Benz. He was just discharged from the United States Army in Maryland where he had concluded a two year hitch. The first stop was at a party at a friend’s place (saxophonist Junior Cook) where I was introduced to this bearded, goateed astronaut of the tenor sax. Later I suggested that we go down to see Dexter Gordon who was headlining the Birdland Monday night “Jazz Jamboree.” Boarding the “A” train, we were at 52nd Street and Broadway some twenty five minutes later. Once inside Birdland, Henderson was introduced to one of the “swingingest swingers” in jazzdom’s history, Dexter Gordon. “Long Tall Dexter” asked the young man if he’d like to play some.

Minutes afterward, the musical astronaut was on the launching pad, and the count down was in progress with a three man crew (rhythm section) behind him. There was a thunderous (Art Blakey type) roar from the battery man, and the saxophonist was off and soaring his (lyrical) way to new heights on a Charlie Parker blues line. At the end of the chorus (and I do mean 15 to 20), there was a warm and exhilarating applause for Joe, and as for Dex, sitting on the side, he looked “gassed.”

Here’s hoping that the young gentleman from Lima, Ohio, can cash in on all of his wonderful talents–his arranging, composing and tenor “saxophoning” extraordinary. Here’s hoping that his skies remain blue and his horizon clear, and that he receives his due, and that all who hear him will support the boy from “Soulsville.”

–KENNY DORHAM, from the liner notes,
Page One, Blue Note.

A selected discography of Joe Henderson albums.

  • Page One, 1963, Blue Note.
  • Our Thing, 1963, Blue Note.
  • In ‘n Out, 1964, Blue Note.
  • Inner Urge, 1964, Blue Note.
  • Mode For Joe, 1966, Blue Note.
  • Relaxin’ at Camarillo, 1979, Contemporary.
  • Lush Life, 1991, Verve.


Recorda Me

In Recorda Me on October 26, 2018 at 2:26 pm

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Recorda Me

In Recorda Me on October 25, 2018 at 12:54 pm

pageoneRecorda Me” (Remember Me) is a jazz standard by the saxophonist Joe Henderson. It was introduced on Henderson’s debut album Page One, in 1963. This album also featured the first recording of the jazz standard “Blue Bossa”, written by trumpeter Kenny Dorham

The saxophonist wrote the composition at the age of 15 in a Latin style, but later modified it with a bossa nova rhythm. It was recorded by Henderson on subsequent albums, including an uptempo version named “No Me Esqueca” (Do Not Forget Me) on In Pursuit of Blackness and an arrangement named “Recuérdame” (Spanish) on the Big Band album.

He recorded live versions on Joe Henderson Quintet at the Lighthouse and in the 1985 film and recording One Night with Blue Note with Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. The composition is used widely in jazz education programs and jazz songbook compilations.

Chord changes for “Recorda Me”:

‖: A–6 | A–6 | A–6 | A–6 |

‖ C–6 | C–6 | C–6 | C–6 F7 ‖

‖ B♭maj7 | B♭–7 E♭7 | A♭maj7 | A♭-7 D♭7 |

| G♭maj7 | G-7 C7 | Fmaj7 E7♭9| E7♭9 :‖

Other versions

“Recorda Me” has been covered by many other musicians including:

  • Steps Aheadon Smokin’ in the Pit (1980)
  • McCoy Tyneron New York Reunion (1991)
  • Art Farmeron Soul Eyes (1991)
  • Greg Osbyon New Directions (1991)
  • Renee Rosneson Black Narcissus: A Tribute to Joe Henderson (2008)
  • Chick Coreaon Trilogy (2013)
  • Conrad Herwigon The Latin Side of Joe Henderson (2014) – nomination at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards