NEW ORLEANS - On Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan returns to The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi with her very talented sister Rachel Jordan on the violin with a holiday show that will soothe the humbug out of any Scrooge. These lovely ladies will lead The Music Alive Ensemble String Quartet in beautiful holiday tunes such as The Little Drummer Boy, I Saw Three Ships, Oblivion, The Christmas Song and more performed by a group of talented New Orleans musicians.
This is a return engagement for Stephanie Jordan who left the Ocean Springs audience spellbound during her last performance at the Mary C. Center with her Tribute to Lena Horne" show. Stephanie has performed worldwide including The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marian's Jazzroom in Bern Switzerland, the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C., and before the President and First Lady Michelle Obama a few weeks ago at the Washington Convention Center.
All About Jazz writes, Her (Stephanie Jordan) tone is crisp, perfect, but not in that polished way that sounds like an opera singer attempting jazz. She is more like a master of technique, yet with plenty of soul." Jazz critic Sandy Ingram says She's a singer with poise and pizzazz, with a voice and an appealing look that bring to mind Carmen McRae and Lena Horn." Stephanie's lyrical style has also been compared to Norah Jones and Diana Krall, while others say it's more like living legends Nancy Wilson, Cassandra Wilson and Dianne Reeves.
Rachel Jordan is a Professor of Violin at Jackson State University, a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas and a member of the Carter Quartet at Loyola University in New Orleans. Ms. Jordan was also a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans for 12 years. Rachel received both her Bachelor of Music and her Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where she studied with Berl Senofsky.
Rachel Jordan performed with her siblings for Jazz at Lincoln Center Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert, as well as numerous concerts throughout the United States. Rachel has been a featured performer in numerous solo recitals, most notable the Kennedy Center, the Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria, the Music Center of Houston, the Mozart Festival in Washington, D.C. Rachel performed, The Lark Ascending" with the Jackson State University Orchestra for the Congressional Black Caucus Inaugural Ceremony of President Barack Obama.
Rachel is also the founding director and artistic director of the Music Alive Ensemble", a classical and jazz ensemble of musicians, composers, and arrangers. Music Alive ensemble through its concerts perpetuates cultural diversity and finds common ground through collaboration. While at Dillard University, Rachel Jordan started the Jesse Dent Recital series, which features African American Musicians performing classical music.
Stephanie and Rachel are from a family of New Orleans bred musicians. They are the daughters of renowned saxophonist Edward Kidd" Jordan, and siblings of flutist Kent and trumpeter Marlon Jordan. Come celebrate the holidays in a magical night at The Mary C with Stephanie and Rachel Jordan.
Seating is reserved and limited. Tickets are $20 (call The Mary C office for group rates) and may be purchased online, or by phone at (228) 818-2878 . The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts & Education is located at 1600 Government Street in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Seating for the concert is reserved and limited. Tickets are $20 (call The Mary C office for group rates) and may be purchased online at http://www.themaryc.org/Tickets/Index.html, or by phone at (228) 818-2878 . The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts & Education is located at 1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.