03/27/14 By Vincent Sylvain
JazzHot Stephanie Jordan scheduled for New Orleans Jazz Fest on May 2
Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent features The Stephanie Jordan Big Band
NEW ORLEANS – The Stephanie Jordan Big Band is scheduled to perform at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz &amp; Heritage Festival Presented by Shell on Friday, May 2nd at 2:50 PM in the Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent.
Following her 2012 Jazz Fest performance, USA Today wrote ”Stephanie Jordan transported audience members to a bygone era with a big-band tribute to Lena Horne, … She unspooled standards such as Let's Fly Away and Stormy Weather before launching into a throaty, melancholic version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, with her sister Rachel Jordan playing the violin, leaving spectators entranced. The Times-Picayune’s headline review read “Stephanie Jordan lights a fire in the Jazz tent at the New Orleans Jazz Fest”.
Bill Milkowski of JazzTimes Magazine writes of her Jazz at Lincoln Center appearance; “Stephanie Jordan, a standout here, was the real discovery of the evening. Her haunting rendition of (Here’s To Life) this bittersweet ode associated with Shirley Horn was delivered with uncanny poise and a depth of understated soul that mesmerized the crowd and registered to the back rows. Singing with clarity of diction that recalled Nat “King” Cole . . .”
As a late minute replacement for Grammy Award-winning singer Ledisi led Chicago Tribune’s leading art critic Howard Reich to proclaim, “The woman can sing … bringing heft to music of the Gershwins and Cole Porter without pushing volume levels. Clearly she values plush sound and knows how to produce it.” Music critic James Walker added, “Stephanie Jordan . . . stepped in and simply mesmerized the near capacity Harris Theater crowd with a sparkling performance.”
Jordan is sure to once again fill the Jazz Tent with her signature Big Band sound as she continues her signature trademark of singing jazz standards. It includes highlights from her self-produced debut CD; “Stephanie Jordan Sings A Tribute to the Fabulous Lena Horne; Yesterday When I Was Young” which honors the legendary Grammy Award winner. Accompanied by Emmy-award winning arranger Mike Esneault on piano, the Stephanie Jordan Big Band will include Marlon Jordan and Bobby Campo on trumpet, Brian Quezergue on bass, Roderick Paulin on tenor sax, Clarence Johnson on baritone sax, BJ McGibney on trombone, and drummer Rickey Sebastian, the performance is destined to be another sensation.
Jordan whose musical career began in the DC area has performed on such stellar stages as the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the NBA All-Star Game, Chicago's Harris Theater, the Marians Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland, the inaugural International Jazz Day which was celebrated by millions worldwide during an all-star sunrise concert in New Orleans' Congo Square that included jazz luminaries Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, and others.
Stephanie Jordan had the honor of performing as featured singer during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Gala which included the presence of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; she has sang before Vice President Joe Biden, as well as being selected to sing to Stevie Wonder during the National Urban League’s 2012 National Conference. Jordan also sang at the private celebration ‘Oprah Winfrey and Friends of Susan Taylor’ at New York City's ESPACE in honor of Susan Taylor's years of service to Essence magazine. Jordan has served as US Jazz Ambassadors’ on a European Tour to Bucharest, Germany, Lithuania and Ukraine on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
A member of New Orleans' renowned Jordan Family of Jazz whose father is Kidd Jordan; and siblings Kent, Marlon and Rachel, Stephanie Jordan is consistently praised for her poise, elegance, and soulful articulation. She draws frequent comparisons to her mentor-the legendary jazz chanteuse Shirley Horn-as well as Abbey Lincoln, and Carmen McRae. Critics have also likened Ms. Jordan to jazz stars Diana Krall and Nancy Wilson.
Jordan appears in Lee Daniels' production of "The Paperboy" singing a featured tune, the movie co-stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and John Cusack among others. Jordan also recorded a tune for the 2013 remake of the film “Heat” which stars Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara. In 1995 Stephanie Jordan performed the title soundtrack "Season's Start" in the Tribecca Film release of Café Society staring Lara Flynn Boyle and Peter Gallagher.
The "Christmas with the New Orleans Ladies of Jazz" CD produced by her sister Rachel Jordan features New Orleans' renowned jazz divas; Germaine Bazzle, Leah Chase, and Stephanie Jordan performing their favorite holiday tunes with the Music Alive Ensemble. Stephanie’s silky vocals are also featured on Marlon Jordan’s “You Don’t Know What Love Is” album and Kent Jordan’s “Out of This World” CD.
Recognized internationally, the Sud Ouest French publication calls her “unbelievably superb.” The Washingtonian Magazine labeled her “JAZZHOT.”
Started in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz &amp; Heritage Festival continues to showcase the most important names in music history alongside many of Louisiana's favorite entertainers. A true heritage festival, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest caliber artists in such varied genres as gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, pop, R&amp;B, Cajun, zydeco and much more.