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With rap music looking to improvisational jazz for inspiration, it’s surprising that hiphoppers have yet to sing the praises of Jon Hendricks. In the late ’50s/early ’60s as a member of Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, the singer, lyricist, and drummer applied his quick wit and virtuoso rhyming skills to popular jazz instrumentals, substituting coherent lyrical improvisation for scat’s gibberish. Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra producer James Zimmerman interviews Hendricks at 2 p.m. at the Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (CP)