New Orleans’ musical Jordan family, represented by Stephanie Jordan
, Rachel Jordan
and Marlon Jordan
have been invited by Congressman Cedric Richmond, D-LA to be the featured musical guests at the swearing in of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) of the 115th Congress. This past November, Representative Richmond was elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and the ceremonial swearing in takes place tomorrow on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 beginning at 9:00 AM – EST at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., the entire ceremony will be available for live viewing online
“I'm honored and humbled by the confidence my colleagues have placed in me to serve as the chair of this revered Caucus, the conscience and intellect of the Congress," said Rep. Richmond. As we move into a new Congress and the onset of a new Administration, our Caucus will remain committed to the values that have made the CBC among the most influential institutions in the nation."Stephanie Jordan
states It is always an honor to be requested to perform the National Anthem, and in this case it is such an auspicious occasion witnessing Congressman Richmond as he takes on this new leadership role with the Congressional Black Caucus. To have my brother and sister Marlon and Rachel with me is an added treasure. Rep. Richmond has been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember and we are so proud that his peers have recognized his leadership abilities and have placed their trust in him during these challenging times. I know that or concerns will be well represented."
At the Congressman’s request, Marlon will do a featured solo on What A Wonderful World," a tune made famous by Louis Armstrong
and which has become a signature song representative of New Orleans. The full day also includes an evening reception at the National Museum of African American History and Culture featuring the Jordan’s musical talent accompanied by Aaron Graves
Rep. Richmond, who grew up in the same neighborhood as the Jordan family said that he is proud to provide the Jordan family the opportunity to continue to display their world renowned talent. Recognizing New Orleans contribution to America’s only original art form, jazz; the 100th U.S Congress declared jazz a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood, and promulgated.” Jazz has inspired some of the Nation's leading creative artists and ranks as one of New Orleans’ greatest cultural exports. This showcase is appropriate for a family who has done so much to keep this art form alive.
Stephanie Jordan is consistently praised for her poise, elegance, and soulful articulation. She draws frequent comparisons to her mentor-the legendary jazz chanteuse Shirley Horn
-as well as Abbey Lincoln
, and Carmen McRae
. Critics have also likened Ms. Jordan to jazz stars Diana Krall
and Nancy Wilson
. 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." Stephanie whose musical career began in the DC area 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, and live on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Audix microphones proclaimed her Lady Jazz!"
Trumpeter Marlon Jordan
was one of the Young Jazz Lions" who were signed, recorded and promoted on major record labels. He recorded three impressive LPs for Columbia from 1998 to 1992, For You Only
; named one of the best debut albums of the year" by the Washington Post, Learson's Return
, and The Undaunted
, and one for the Arabesque label entitled Marlon's Mode
in 1997. The comparisons of Jordan's style to artists such as Charlie Parker
and John Coltrane
put him in the upper echelon of jazz history. He has the resume and the style that would be hard, if not impossible, for anyone of his own generation to beat."
Classical violinist Rachel Jordan serves as the String Instructor for the Talented Music Program at Jefferson Parish Public School and is a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas. Rachel has served as adjunct faculty at Xavier University, Southern University, and Dillard University, Loyola University, and most recently a Professor of Music at Jackson State University. She is also a former member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. She 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.
As the offspring of lifetime music educator, saxophonist Sir Edward Kidd" Jordan, and siblings of flutist Kent Jordan
, their musical roots run deep. In a recent feature story; In Kidd Jordan
's family of musicians, it's practice, practice, practice, the New Orleans Times-Picayune ran an article documenting their many contributions to jazz.
The Congressional Black Caucus was formally established on March 30, 1971. On this day, Congressman Charles C. Diggs, Jr. (D-MI) presented “The Statement to the President of the United States” by the Congressional Black Caucus. The CBC delivered the statement to President Richard Nixon during a formal meeting with the president. The statement included more than sixty recommendations for executive action on issues facing black America.
The mission of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public. It envisions a world in which all communities have an equal voice in public policy through leadership cultivation, economic empowerment, and civic engagement.WATCH LIVE ONLINE AS THE CBCF WELCOMES THE CBC