Bill Henderson, now 81, started back in the 50s with then little known Ramsey Lewis Trio in Chicago. He moved to New York in 1956 and made his first hit singing Senor Blues for Horace Silver. He has worked with all the big names in the jazz scene and in the late 60′s moved to LA to take up an acting career. Recently he has got back into jazz and released a live album in 2007. From his bio on his web site:
Bill Henderson just gets better with time. The release of Beautiful Memory: Bill Henderson Live at the Vic, recorded in Santa Monica, California, on March 22, 2007, three days following his 81st birthday, marks the venerable jazz vocalist’s golden anniversary as a recording artist. His pliant baritone voice remains as soulful and richly resonant as it was when he made his debut on vinyl singing “Senor Blues” with Horace Silver and on his own early albums for the Vee-Jay and Verve labels, yet four decades in Hollywood as a character actor in countless motion pictures and television sit-coms and dramas have helped to give even greater depth to his clearly enunciated readings of lyrics.
“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up as a perfectly constructed sentence.”