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Kidd Jordan at the Vision Festival

Kidd Jordan

New Orleans tenor titan Edward “Kidd” Jordan has not always been accepted in his own hometown. As he told the adoring crowd at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on this night celebrating his career, “For years they’ve been throwing everything they can find at me. It’s been a struggle to not get discouraged.”

But Jordan has always had a home away from home at the Vision Festival, an annual celebration of free jazz in New York that brings together a vibrant underground community while providing an important showcase for artists that live on the fringe. A revered figure at the festival since its inception in 1996, Jordan has never failed to electrify audiences with his cathartic abandon and sanctified zeal on the horn. And over the course of 13 Vision Festivals, Kidd has been preaching to the converted.

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