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Duke Jordan
(Portrait of Charlie Parker, Tommy Potter, Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, and Max Roach, Three Deuces, New York, N.Y., ca. Aug. 1947) (LOC) (4843140781).jpg
Jordan (seated), in the Charlie Parker Quintet at the Three Deuces in 1947. (photo William P. Gottlieb)
Background information
Birth nameIrving Sidney Jordan
BornApril 1, 1922
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 8, 2006(2006-08-08) (aged 84)
Valby, Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres Bebop
LabelsSignal, Blue Note, SteepleChase

Irving Sidney "Duke" Jordan (April 1, 1922 – August 8, 2006) was an American jazz pianist. [1]



Jordan was born in New York [1] and raised in Brooklyn where he attended Boys High School. [2] An imaginative and gifted pianist, Jordan was a regular member of Charlie Parker's quintet during 1947–48, which also featured Miles Davis. [3] He participated in Parker's Dial sessions in late 1947 that produced "Dewey Square", "Bongo Bop", "Bird of Paradise", and the ballad "Embraceable You". These performances are featured on Charlie Parker on Dial . [4]

Jordan had a long solo career from the mid-1950s onwards, although for a period in the mid-1960s he drove a taxi in New York. [1] After periods accompanying Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz, he performed and recorded in the trio format. His composition, "Jordu", became a jazz standard when trumpeter Clifford Brown adopted it into his repertoire. Another of his compositions, "No Problem", has been recorded several times, notably by Art Blakey, under the title "No Hay Problema", and Chet Baker as well as others.

Beginning in 1978, he lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, having recorded an extensive sequence of albums for the SteepleChase label; [3] his first record date for the company was in 1973. He was reported not to have changed his style over the course of his career. [1]

From 1952 to 1962, he was married to the jazz singer Sheila Jordan. [3] Their union produced a daughter, Tracey J. Jordan. He died in Valby, Copenhagen. [1]


As leader/co-leader

Year recordedTitleLabelNotes
1954JorduPrestigeTrio, with Gene Ramey (bass), Lee Abrams (drums); includes two 1949 tracks led by Don Lanphere (tenor sax)
1955Jazz Laboratory Series, Vol. 1SignalSome tracks trio, with Oscar Pettiford (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums); some tracks with Gigi Gryce (alto sax) overdubbed
1955 Duke Jordan Trio and Quintet SignalSome tracks trio, with Percy Heath (bass), Art Blakey (drums); one track quartet, with Cecil Payne (baritone sax) added; some tracks quintet, with Eddie Bert (trombone) added; reissued by Savoy as Flight to Jordan, but this is different from the 1960 Blue Note album
1960 Flight to Jordan Blue Note Quintet, with Dizzy Reece (trumpet), Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Reggie Workman (bass), Art Taylor (drums)
1962Les Liaisons DangereusesCharlie ParkerOne track trio, with Eddie Khan (bass), Art Taylor (drums); most tracks quintet, with Sonny Cohn (trumpet), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax) added
1962East and West of JazzCharlie ParkerOne track quartet, with Johnny Coles (trumpet), Wendell Marshall (bass) Walter Bolden (drums); most tracks quintet, with Cecil Payne (baritone sax) added; album shared with Sadik Hakim
1973 Brooklyn Brothers MuseQuartet, with Cecil Payne (baritone sax, flute), Sam Jones (bass), Al Foster (drums)
1973The Murray Hill CaperSpotliteQuartet, with Cecil Payne (baritone sax), David Williams (bass), Al Foster (drums)
1973 Flight to Denmark SteepleChase Trio, with Mads Vinding (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums)
1973 Two Loves SteepleChase Trio, with Mads Vinding (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums)
1973 Montmartre ´73 featuring Bent Jædig SteepleChase Quartet, with Bent Jædig (tenor sax), Allan Gregersen, Johnny Dyani, Eddie Gomez (bass), Jørn Elniff (drums)
1975 Truth SteepleChase Trio, with Mads Vinding (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums)
1975 Misty Thursday SteepleChase Quartet, with Chuck Wayne (guitar), Sam Jones (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)
1975 Duke's Delight SteepleChase One track solo; most tracks quintet, with Richard Williams (trumpet), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Sam Jones (bass), Al Foster (drums) added
1975 Lover Man SteepleChase Trio, with Sam Jones (bass), Al Foster (drums)
1976 Live in Japan SteepleChase Trio, with Wilbur Little (bass), Roy Haynes (drums); in concert
1976Osaka Concert Vol. 1 SteepleChase Trio, with Wilbur Little (bass), Roy Haynes (drums); in concert
1976Osaka Concert Vol. 2 SteepleChase Trio, with Wilbur Little (bass), Roy Haynes (drums); in concert
1976 Flight to Japan SteepleChase Trio, with Wilbur Little (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)
1976Flight to Norway SteepleChase Trio, with Wilbur Little (bass), Dannie Richmond (drums)
1978 Duke's Artistry SteepleChase Quartet, with Art Farmer (flugelhorn), David Friesen (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums)
1978 The Great Session SteepleChase Trio, with David Friesen (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums)
1978 Tivoli One SteepleChase Trio, with Wilbur Little (bass), Dannie Richmond (drums); in concert
1978 Tivoli Two SteepleChase Trio, with Wilbur Little (bass), Dannie Richmond (drums); in concert
1978 Wait and See SteepleChase Trio, with Wilbur Little (bass), Dannie Richmond (drums); in concert
1978–79 Thinking of You SteepleChase One track solo piano; most tracks trio, with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1979Solo Masterpieces Vol. 1 SteepleChase Solo piano
1979 Midnight Moonlight SteepleChase Solo piano
1979Solo Masterpieces Vol. 2 SteepleChase Solo piano
1979 Change a Pace SteepleChase Trio, with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1981 Art Pepper with Duke Jordan in Copenhagen 1981 GalaxyQuartet, with Art Pepper (alto sax, clarinet), David Williams (bass), Carl Burnett (drums); in concert
1982So Nice Duke (Jor-Du)three blind miceTrio, with Jesper Lundgaard (bass), Aage Tanggaard (drums)
1983 Blue Duke BaystateTrio, with Harry Emmery, James Martin
1985 Time on My Hands SteepleChase Trio, with Jesper Lundgaard (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1985 As Time Goes By SteepleChase Trio, with Jesper Lundgaard (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1987Acoustic Live3361 BlackTrio, with Major Holley (bass), Jake Hanna (drums); in concert
1987Live Live Live3361 BlackTrio, with Major Holley (bass), Jake Hanna (drums); in concert
1989Kiss of Spain3361 BlackTrio, with Nobuyoshi Ino (bass), Masahiko Togashi (drums)
1990AlwaysMarshmallowTrio, with Jesper Lundgaard (bass), Ange Tanggaard (drums)
1991White Key3361 BlackQuartet, with Yuka Kido (flute), Chikuhoh (shakuhachi), Hiroshi Yoshino (bass)
1994Live in ParisMarshmallowTrio, with Luigi Trussardi (bass), Al Levitt (drums); in concert

Source: [5]

As sideman

With Gene Ammons

With Ernestine Anderson

With Chet Baker

With Paul Bascomb

With Eddie Bert

With Art Blakey

With Tina Brooks

With Kenny Burrell

With Joe Carroll

With Teddy Edwards

With Rolf Ericson

With Art Farmer

With Stan Getz

With Gigi Gryce

With Coleman Hawkins

With Joe Holiday

With Howard McGhee

With Charles McPherson

With Barry Miles

With Sam Most

With Charlie Parker

With Cecil Payne

With Oscar Pettiford

With Doug Raney

With Dizzy Reece

With Louis Smith

With Sonny Stitt

With Clark Terry

With Doug Watkins

With Julius Watkins

With Barney Wilen

With Teddy Williams

With The Birdlanders


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