Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham, PA on October 3rd, will be the talented, versatile, creative, soulful, and ever-swinging jazz drummer Leon Jordan Jr.
and his group, featuring his son trumpeter Leon Jordan Jr.
, bassist Nimrod Speaks
, and pianist Luke Carlos O'Reilly
. One Show: 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and are available at the door only. For info: 610-745-3011.
Jazz Bridge, a 501C public charity that helps local jazz and blues musicians in crisis, is sponsoring this event, the Jazz in Cheltenham! season opener.
As a relative youngster, Jordan studied drums with three certifiable legends: The father of modern jazz drumming, Max Roach
; Duke Ellington
and Count Basie
’s drummer Butch Ballard
; and Philly Joe Jones
, best known for his work with the famed Miles Davis
group of 1955 – 1958.
Jordan learned his lessons well, eventually backing the likes of jazz players like George Benson
, Benny Golson
and Grover Washington Jr.
; and soul artists such as the Stylistics
and Chaka Kahn
. He also played in the orchestra for the touring companies of shows such as “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Purlie,” and spent three years as a performer and contractor for Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater.