Clifford Jordan

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Clifford Jordan
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Jordan performing with Barry Harris in 1980
Background information
Birth nameClifford Laconia Jordan
Born(1931-09-02)September 2, 1931
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMarch 27, 1993(1993-03-27) (aged 61)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Labels Blue Note, New Jazz, Riverside, Jazzland, Atlantic, Vortex, Strata-East, SteepleChase, Muse, Eastworld, Bee Hive, Soul Note, Criss Cross, Mapleshade, Milestone

Clifford Laconia Jordan (September 2, 1931 March 27, 1993) was an American jazz tenor saxophone player. While in Chicago, he performed with Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, and some rhythm and blues groups. He moved to New York City in 1957, after which he recorded three albums for Blue Note. [1] He recorded with Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson, and Kenny Dorham, among others. He was part of the Charles Mingus Sextet, with Eric Dolphy, during its 1964 European tour. [1]


Jordan toured Africa with Randy Weston, and performed in Paris while living in Belgium. [2] In later years, he led his own groups, performed with Cedar Walton's quartet Eastern Rebellion, [3] and led a big band. [1]

Jordan was married to Shirley Jordan, a designer and former owner of Clothing Manufacturing Corporation in New York. [2] He later married Sandy Jordan (née Williams), a graphic artist and Honorary Founders Board member of the Jazz Foundation of America. [4]


Jordan died of lung cancer at the age of 61 in New York City. [5]


As leader

As sideman

With Paul Chambers

With Sonny Clark

With Richard Davis

With Eric Dolphy

With Art Farmer

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Slide Hampton

With John Hicks and Elise Wood

With Andrew Hill

With J. J. Johnson

With Charles McPherson

With Carmen McRae

With Charles Mingus

With Mingus Dynasty

With Lee Morgan

With Pony Poindexter

With Freddie Redd

With Dizzy Reece

With Max Roach

With Sahib Shihab

With Horace Silver

With Charles Tolliver

With Mal Waldron

With Cedar Walton

With Joe Zawinul

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  1. 1 2 3 Biography at AllMusic by Scott Yanow
  2. 1 2 Simmons, Art (April 16, 1970). Johnson, John H. (ed.). "Paris Scratchpad". JET . Chicago: Johnson. XXXVIII (3): 33. ISSN   0021-5996 . Retrieved August 3, 2010. Arranger, composer, saxophonist Clifford Jordan, a Chicagoan who now lives in Belgium with his wife, designer Shirley Jordan (a former owner of Clothing Manufacturing Corp., New York City), closed at the Chat Qui Peche here. He is a partner in a new record firm, Frontier Records, which records legendary musicians who have not had the proper exposure. Jordan toured Africa with Randy Weston recently...
  3. Yanow, Scott (2010). "AllMusic". Eastern Rebellion. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  4. "The Board". Jazz Foundation of America . Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  5. "Clifford Jordan, Chicago Be-bop Tenor Saxophonist". March 31, 1993.