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Jordan, Edward "Kidd"

Jordan, Edward "Kidd", saxophones; b. Crowley, LA, 5 May 1935.

After graduating with a B.S. from Southern University, Baton Rouge in 1955 Jordan moved to New Orleans.  Traveled frequently to Chicago, especially during summers, playing in blues and R&B bands.  He got his BS at Southern University of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He then got his M.M. at Milliken University, Decatur, Illinois. He's done further study at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Began teaching high school music in New Orleans in 1955 and started teaching at Southern University in 1965.  Has continued to be at the center of jazz education in New Orleans; he is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Southern University, and Director of Heritage School, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation jazz education program.  In 1970s, with Alvin Fielder, co-founded the Improvisational Arts Quintet along with bassist London Branch, trumpeter Clyde Kerr, and saxophonist Alvin Thomas.  In 1994, with Joel Futterman and Alvin Fielder, formed the trio, which is a current working unit. He has played with Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderley, Sun Ra, Muhal Richard Abrams, Edward Blackwell, Julius Hemphill, David Murray. He has performed at many festivals including Sierra Leone, the Netherlands and Moers, Germany in 1982, France and Berlin in 1984, Rotterdam in 1988, the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1994, and others. Kidd Jordan has performed in numerous touring Broadway plays, such as A Chorus Line, The Wiz, Hello Dolly, Porgy and Bess, Sophisticated Ladies 42nd Street, La Cage Aux Folles, and Sugar Babies. He has performed behind visiting artists such as Ray Charles, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Liza Minnelli, and the O'Jays, sometimes as musical contractor for the band. He's an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands and Jazz Studies Southern University in New Orleans and Director of Heritage School, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation jazz education program.

Recordings:
Joel Futterman - Kidd Jordan Quartet: Nickelsdorf Konfrontation (1996), New Orleans Rising (1997)
As sideperson:
Improvisational Arts Quintet: No Compromise! (1983), The New New Orleans Music (1988); Dennis Gonzalez: Debenge-Debenge (1988)

Videos:
Faces Special - Mississippi Educational Television
All That Jazz - Mississippi Educational Television
Music City/Crescent - Cox Cable
Jazz City - WYES, Louisiana Educational Television
Live at Moers New Music Festival - Moers, Germany
Senegalese documentaries with Senegalese poets - West Africa
Jazz Marathon 1982 - Groningen, Netherlands

Website:
http://www.offbeat.com/ob2101/backtalk.html

Entry By MICHAEL WILDERMAN

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