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James Jordan, Cousin and Manager of Ornette Coleman, Dies at 87

Also a musician and educator, he directed the New York State Council for the Arts' music programs for nearly three decades

James Jordan
James Jordan

James Jordan, a Texas-born musician who was the longtime director of music programs for the New York State Council on the Arts, died Dec. 4 of an undisclosed cause at age 87. Jordan was a cousin of Ornette Coleman and also served as the late saxophonist’s manager. Jordan’s death was confirmed by Denardo Coleman, Ornette’s son.

The location of Jordan’s death was not noted in the announcement circulated by Denardo Coleman; however, a service will take place Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. EST at Benta’s Funeral Home in Harlem.

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