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Kidd Jordan

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Edward “Kidd” Jordan (b. Crowley, Louisiana, United States, May 5, 1935) is an American jazz saxophonist and music educator from New Orleans, Louisiana.

After completing a music degree at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he relocated to New Orleans. He taught at Southern University at New Orleans from 1974 to 2006.

Jordan performs on tenor, baritone, soprano, alto, C-melody and sopranino saxophones, as well as contrabass and bass clarinets. He has performed and recorded with a wide selection of musicians in styles ranging from R&B to avant-garde jazz, including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, William Parker, Alvin Fielder, Fred Anderson, Ornette Coleman, Ellis Marsalis, Cannonball Adderley, Ed Blackwell, and Cecil Taylor.

In his performances and recordings his music is entirely improvised: “Everything you hear on my albums is improvised.” he explains. “It’s collective improvisation, but there are no tunes. I tried writing down ideas a long time ago but I don’t do that anymore.”[1].

The French Ministry of Culture recognized Jordan as a Knight (Chevalier) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1985. The French government bestowed him with their highest artistic award for his impetus as a visionary educator and performer. His imaginative sense of listening first brought together four outstanding saxophonists: Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, and David Murray, who as the World Saxophone Quartet would be one of the most oustanding jazz ensembles throughout the 1980s.

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  • touchthatSPACE

    I've seen Kidd a few times (once at Loyola and at least twice at Jazz Fest), and each time he's cleared out about half of the room with his noise onslaught. One of my heroes.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Perverzion

    Right, Treme

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • gangstayoda

    thanks to HBO's TREME for getting his name out there

    4 Jul 2011 Reply
  • CaptureTheCat

    catchy tune - Kidd Jordan :-)

    8 Mar 2009 Reply

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