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Featured Album: Clifford Jordan’s “Half Note”

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This is an album which was recorded live in 1974 and from Clifford Jordan,  a band member of Charles Mingus during the early 60’s. The listeners here would have never thought it was recorded so late because of it’s Avant-Garde nature but it surely was and belongs here on Jazz Con Class. Clifford Jordan and company were more interested in keeping the Jazz tradition alive while Jazz musicians, young and old, were becoming increasing electronic. Here’s where you can purchase the album. This album will be featured for about two weeks and will be placed in the G4 Playlist afterwords and where I have most “live” sessions located. Check the schedule link for play times, enjoy!

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Tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan (1931 – 1993) was born in Chicago and his high school classmates included Johnny Griffin, John Gilmore and Richard Davis. He worked with Max Roach in Chicago area and moved to New York in 1957 where he joined Horace Silver’s band…..Read More

Biography of Clifford Jordan:

Clifford Jordan was born in Chicago in 1931. A self-taught musician, his love of jazz had him performing in his home town until the late 1950’s, when he moved to New York. His first album was appropriately titled “Blowing in from Chicago,” and Horace Silver and Art Blakey.

In the 60’s, his range broadened, as he played with Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Kenny Dorham, Lloyd Price, and James Brown. He toured Europe as a soloist and conducted his own music for radio and studio orchestras in 1966. A year later, he was toured West Africa and the Middle East for the U.S. State Department with

Randy Weston. 1968 saw Cliff forming Frontier Records, through which he produced albums for Wilbur Ware, Pharoah Sanders, Cecil Payne, Charles Brackeen, Ed Blackwell and their groups.

Cliff Jordan was very interested in public work, and he became music consultant for Bed-Sty Youth in Action and Pratt Institute. He was the music director of the first Dancemobile in 1968 and faculty member at Henry Street Settlement.

1969 was time of change throughout the world, and Europe was becoming a hotbed for American jazz. This led Clifford Jordan to move with his wife and daughter from Brooklyn to Belgium……..Read More

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