The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
February 14, 2019

Nona Hendryx won’t be wearing — or playing — her electric tutu when she performs in the Balboa Theater during Saturday’s “Jazz in the Key of Ellison” concert. The multimedia program will salute “The Invisible Man” author Ralph Ellison, a 1953 National Book Award-winner who died in 1994 and was an enthusiastic avocational trumpeter.

But Hendryx should have no problem lighting up the stage here, even without her state-of-the-art digital music-producing tutu. One would expect no less from this veteran vocal powerhouse, whose collaborators have ranged from Keith Richards, Talking Heads, Laura Nyro and hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa to Elton John, Laurie Anderson, ex-Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas and Grammy-winning jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.

“I do my interpretation of what the music is saying to me, whether it’s in the jazz world, my own work or Captain Beefheart’s music,” said Hendryx, who is a cousin of the late Jimi Hendrix and rose to prominence in the 1960s singing with Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles.