Jazz artist and New Orleans native Stephanie Jordan will make her Cheyney University debut Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 pm in the Marian Anderson Music Center. Jazz at the Marian is part of the University's Arts and Lectures Series.
One reviewer said, every so often a new voice stands up and proclaims itself, but few do so with such supreme depth and understated soul." Jordan, whom critics have placed in the company of Nancy Wilson and Diana Krall, began to receive noted prominence following the nationally televised Jazz at Lincoln Center Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Stephanie Jordan, described as a premiere jazz artist, has appeared live on NPR Talk of the Nation, at the Kennedy Center, Central Park, Marians Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland, the Duke Ellington Festival, and the Marciac Jazz Festival in France. One reviewer wrote, every so often a new voice stands up and proclaims itself, but few do so with such supreme depth and understated soul."
Ms. Jordan is the fifth performer to emerge from a family of New Orleans -bred musicians and is the daughter of saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Stephanie made her debut at Takoma Station Jazz Club and joined the Doug Carne Band in an unrehearsed rendition of “I Remember April.”
She has performed at many of the Washington, D.C. jazz haunts such as Twins Jazz Lounge, Blues Alley, and Carter Baron Amphitheater. Stephanie has also appeared at the opening of the Schomburg Center of the New York Public Library, Langston Hughes Auditorium in New York City, the Marciac Jazz Festival in France, and Jazz Aspen. She accepted an extended engagement at “The Palace” Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey and upon her return to the States, became a regular-featured performer at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans.
After Hurricane Katrina she joined an extraordinary cohort of singers - among them Shirley Caesar, Aaron and Arthur Neville, Cassandra Wilson, Diane Reeves, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, James Taylor, and Bette Midler - at the Rose Theatre to perform a benefit relief concert for the victims. Stephanie has opened for NaJee, Roy Ayres, and Howard Hewitt. She has collaborated with her sister, Rachel, in a fully staged concert with strings from the Louisiana Philharmonic and her Jazz Quintet entitled “Stephanie with Strings.” A version of this performance featuring her brother Kent was repeated with the Alabama Symphony and she performed with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra during Jazzmobile’s “Great Jazz on the Great Hill” in Central Park, New York.
Ticketed programs at Cheyney University cost $20 for adults and $10 for youth and non-Cheyney students. Tickets may be purchased at the box office one hour before each program on online at www.cheyney.ticketleap.com Refunds and exchanges are not permitted. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start time and parking is free. Admission for all events is free for Cheyney students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 610-399-2365.