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Jordan, Duke

Irving Sidney "Duke" Jordan (April 1, 1922 – August 8, 2006[1]) was an American jazz pianist. Jordan was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Boys High School.[2] An imaginative and gifted pianist, Jordan was a regular member of Charlie Parker's so-called "classic quintet" (1947-48), featuring Miles Davis. 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.Jordan had a long solo career from the mid-1950s onwards. After periods accompanying Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz, he performed and recorded in the trio format. His most notable composition, "Jordu," became a jazz standard when trumpeter Clifford Brown adopted it into his repertoire. From 1978 he was resident in Copenhagen, Denmark, having begun recording an extensive sequence of albums for the Steeplechase label in 1973. Some of his best live recordings are available on Steeplechase or the Japanese Marshmallow label. From 1952 to 1962 he was married to the jazz singer Sheila Jordan. Their union produced a daughter, Tracey J. Jordan.

Recordings

Duke Jordan: In Copenhagen

Duke Jordan settled down in Copenhagen in the autumn of 1973 and remained here to his death. He was mainly known for his work with Charlie Parker. The idea for this solo CD came about when he played at the Elsinore Jazz Festival in1992. The session was taped but the sound was not very good, so he recorded the whole session over again in a studio in Copenhagen and the result you can hear on this CD. Duke was a very good composer and he plays 6 of his own compositions on the CD. Listen to: No Problem-Jor-Du-Flight To Jordan-Parisian Hop-Two Loves and Night Walk.