Duke Jordan

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Irving Sidney "Duke" Jordan (born April 1, 1922 in New York City , † August 8, 2006 in Valby , Denmark ) was an American jazz pianist .

After eight years of piano lessons (1930 to 1938), his professional career began in 1941 in Coleman Hawkins' band . In 1946 he played with Roy Eldridge and Teddy Walters. Jordan became known between 1947 and 1948 as a regular member of the Charlie Parker Quintet ( Charlie Parker Memorial, Vol. 1 , Bird on 52nd St. (1948) and on the Jazz at the Philharmonic Tour). He then accompanied Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz for a while and played with Roy Eldridge and Oscar Pettiford . His solo career began in the mid-1950s with albums for the jazz label Signal and Savoy , such as Do it Yourself Jazz and the LP Duke Jordan Trio & Quintet with Cecil Payne , Eddie Bert , Percy Heath and Art Blakey . At this time he also composed the jazz standard "Jordu" . From 1952 to 1962 he was married to the jazz singer Sheila Jordan .

After he had his own trio in New York City, he went in 1959 to Paris, where he and Thelonious Monk , the soundtrack to Dangerous Liaisons ( Les Liaisons Dangereuses wrote). In the 1960s he played again in New York. From 1973 he began recording an extensive series of albums for SteepleChase Records . Since 1978 he was based in Copenhagen .

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