Jordan, who was strongly influenced by Louis Armstrong in his early days , first played with the Washboard Rhythm Kings and from 1933 to 1942 in the big band of Chick Webb , where he was solo trumpeter alongside Bobby Stark and also during the time as Ella Fitzgerald she directed. In 1942 he led his own band. From 1943 to 1947 he worked in the Duke Ellington Orchestra . From 1949 to 1953 he was in the house band at the Savannah Club in Greenwich Village , led by bassist Lucille Dixon . In 1958/59 he toured with Benny Goodman . He then worked as a freelancer in New York City. As a sideman, he's 1959/60 on Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis heard. He played in Broadway shows and took part in Duke Ellington's Town Hall Concert in 1963 . In the 1970s he played with the New York Jazz Repertory Company . With a "Cotton Club Gala" under the direction of Aaron Bell in 1978 he undertook what is probably his only European tour.
He recorded in 1935 for Banner ( "If The Moon Turns Green" under the band name Taft Jordan and The Mob ) and as the leader of his own band in 1960/61 under his own name (including a tribute album to Ellington Mood Indigo at Prestige 1961) . In the course of his career he has also worked on the recordings of Benny Carter , Al Hibbler / Harry Carney , Johnny Hodges , Al Sears , Rex Stewart and Sarah Vaughan .
- The Moods of Taft Jordan (Mercury, 1958) with Everett Barksdale and Joe Benjamin
- Plays Duke Ellington (Prestige / Moodville, 1961)
- Al Sears / Taft Jordan - Swingville (Prestige, 1961)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Jordan, James Taft (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American swing jazz trumpeter|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 15, 1915|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Florence (South Carolina)|
|DATE OF DEATH||1st December 1981|
|Place of death||New York City|