Duke Jordan Biography

Irving Sidney Jordan, 1 April 1922, New York City, New York, USA, d. 8 August 2006, Valby, Copenhagen, Denmark. After studying classical music, Jordan played piano in a number of swing era bands, including Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans. In the mid-40s, he became involved in bebop, playing with Charlie Parker (in a line-up featuring Miles Davis and Max Roach) and others. Later in the decade and in the early 50s Jordan played in bands led by Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz and thereafter led his own units. Also in the early 50s, he married the singer Sheila Jordan, but they later split up. Jordan’s career drifted for a while in the late 60s, during which period he worked as a New York cab driver, but from 1972 onwards he was very active, playing in many parts of the world, especially in Scandinavia. From 1978 he lived in Denmark, recording extensively for the Copenhagen label SteepleChase. A lyrically inventive player, Jordan also composed a number of tunes, one of which, ‘Jordu’, became a bebop classic.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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