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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: One For The Library

When I came to Denmark in 1975, I stayed for a time in Snekkersten, an idyllic village just outside Helsinore. I used to go and practice at the public library in Helsinore, they had a nice little upright piano in the basement. I wrote several tunes during that period and I felt very comfortable there. Later on I lived in Snekkersten for some years, and I played at the library again, always enjoying the nice atmosphere: quiet, unhurried, friendly. I’m glad that the concert that I played there in 1992 set this recording project in motion. I think it came out OK and I hope you’ll like it. I would like to come back and play there again. Duke Jordan