This week Ken examines the life and music of Joe Henderson, the tenor saxophone star of both Verve & Blue Note Records. Born in Ohio in 1937 Joe Henderson taught himself to play at the young age of 9, later perfecting his craft at college and university. By the time he was 25 he'd led his own band and joined a group with Kenny Dorham. Over the course of his career he went on to play with jazz greats such as Miles Davies and Herbie Hancock and even joined the jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears.
His own projects won several Grammys and in his later career he became something of a national star in America, even performing for Bill Clinton at his first presidential inauguration. He had a lovely lyrical style with a virtuosic technique and is widely regarded as one of the greatest improvisers in jazz.
Ken is joined in the studio by one of UK's leading saxophonists, Soweto Kinch.