Sheila Jordan

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Sheila Jordan (2011 in the Unterfahrt )

Sheila Jeannette Jordan (born Dawson ; born November 18, 1928 in Detroit , Michigan ) is an American jazz singer.

Live and act

Dawson began singing as a child and performed in various Detroit clubs. Later she was a member of the vocal trio Skeeter, Mitch and Jean . In the early 1950s she moved to New York City . There she married Duke Jordan , the pianist of Charlie Parker's Band, and studied with Charles Mingus and Lennie Tristano .

In the early 1960s, their first recordings, including arose The Outer View of George Russell with a famous version of the title You Are My Sunshine and her Blue Note album Portrait of Sheila with Barry Galbraith , Steve Swallow and Denzil Best on which they interpreted a standards program from titles like I'm a Fool to Want You , Let's Face the Music and Dance or Bobby Timmons ' Dat Dere .

Later she often appeared in churches with liturgical jazz chants, was heard in groups of the trombonist Roswell Rudd and - sometimes in a duo with Jeanne Lee - was involved in Carla Bley's Escalator over the Hill . She worked regularly with Roswell Rudd in the mid-1970s. In 1977 she played an album with Arild Andersen ; In 1982 the duo album Old Time Feeling was created in collaboration with bassist Harvie Swartz . In the late 1970s she was accompanied by the trio of pianist Steve Kuhn , with whom she recorded several albums. George Gruntz regularly brought her to Europe as a singer for many of his projects; Also Egil Kapstad they preferred as a singer. In 1998 she recorded the album Jazz Child, dedicated to the memory of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis , with the Steve Kuhn Trio (with Kuhn, David Finck and Billy Drummond , also with the participation of Theo Bleckmann ) . On Cameron Brown's debut album Here and How , released in 2003, it becomes clear that her singing is still experimental.

Jordan gave jazz workshops at City College of New York from 1978 , participated with Jay Clayton in the summer programs Jazz in July at the University of Massachusetts and taught at Stanford University . Her students include a. the singers Judi Silvano , Marya Lawrence and Sabine Kühlich . In 2011 she received the Jazz Masters Fellowship of the state NEA Foundation and on January 13, 2016 she became the third woman (after Christa Ludwig and Gundula Janowitz ) and the third personality from the jazz world (after Art Farmer and Joe Zawinul ) to be an honorary member of the arts -Universität Graz, which she celebrated with Karlheinz Miklin in a gala concert in Vienna's Jazzland . In 2019 she will perform in a duo with bassist Cameron Brown .


Web links

Commons : Sheila Jordan  - album with pictures, videos and audio files