07/28/13 By Vincent Sylvain
Prime Example Jazz Club and WWOZ present Stephanie Jordan
Thursday, August 1, 2013 @ 8:00 and 10:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS – WWOZ’s New Modern Jazz Concert Series and Prime Example Jazz Club present the Stephanie Jordan Jazz Ensemble for two dinner shows on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 8:00 and 10:00 PM in one of New Orleans’ most intimate lounge settings. Prime Example Jazz Club is located at 1909 North Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70119.
Songstress Stephanie Jordan will fill the air with her signature sound of great jazz standards and even a few R&B tunes. In reviewing her debut CD, The New York City Jazz Record proclaimed “Stephanie Jordan's cohesive album The Stephanie Jordan Big Band: Yesterday When I Was Young (A Tribute to Lena Horne) (Vige) is a straightahead knockout. Since surviving Hurricane Katrina, Jordan picked herself up and this album unites her with Horne's kindred steadfast spirit. The music is a tribute to persistence, a quality Jordan's voice embodies.”
Stephanie Jordan has had the honor of singing for Vice President Joe Biden as well as being selected by the National Urban League to sing to Stevie Wonder during NUL’s 2012 National Conference. Jordan also performed at the private celebration ‘Oprah Winfrey and Friends of Susan Taylor’ at New York City's ESPACE in honor of Susan Taylor's 37 years of service to Essence magazine. Jordan is scheduled to appear as this year’s featured artist at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Gala.
While she 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, and on the big screen in Lee Daniels' production of The Paperboy; Jordan says that "there truly is no place like home."
The Washington Post boasts of her Kennedy Center performance, “A poised, soulfully articulate vocalist, Jordan turned in a performance that warmly evoked the influence of Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae and other jazz greats.” Following her performance with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Tribune’s leading art critic Howard Reich wrote, “The woman can sing and indisputably knows how to reach out across the footlights . . . 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 that surely put her in good stead with the astute Chicago audience. . . . “
Bill Milkowski of JazzTimes Magazine writes of her Jazz at Lincoln Center performance; “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 . . .”
Jazz at Lincoln Center notes, "every so often a new voice stands up and proclaims itself, but few do so with such supreme depth and understated soul."
Reservation for this show is highly recommended. For more information contact the club at 504-944-0940 or via email at [email protected]
WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station, a community radio station currently operating out of the French Market Corporation Offices in New Orleans, Louisiana. Their governance board is appointed by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation.
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