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Rodney Jordan

Rodney Jordan is a native of Memphis, Tennessee where he grew up playing the bass in church and with his high school orchestra. He later studied music with Dr. London Branch, Alvin Fielder, and Andy Hardwick at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. During his college years, Jordan joined the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra where he served as Assistant Principal Bassist. After graduating, he became Chair of the String Department at the Dougherty County Public School and served as Principal Bassist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in Albany, GA. Teaching has always been an important part of Mr

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

String Players: From Django Reinhardt to Joe Morris and Beyond

Read "String Players: From Django Reinhardt to Joe Morris and Beyond" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program focuses on string players of all types, mostly guitarists but with some bassists and violinists also thrown in. The show ranges from classic players like Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel to modernists like Joe Morris and Mary Halvorson. There is even a set on gypsy/Western swing. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...

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Conversations

Label: Spice Rack Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Just For You; Happy To Be Alive; My One and Only Love; Robin's Theme; The Ride Over; Body and Soul; Conversations #4; The Kind Giant; Despiritu #2; Despiritu #4; 432; Conversations #1.

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Article: Album Review

Rodney Jordan: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Yes, Hildegard von Bingen is a thing, and for many musicians, especially singers, a serious icon. Yes, you can tune a bass to A=432hz. Until the mid-nineteenth century, standard tuning on a bass was 430-435. Verdi apparently loved 432 because he said it resonated within the golden ratio, or a professional bassist informs “something like that." ...

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Article: Album Review

Rodney Jordan and Christian Fabian: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Jim Worsley


An endorsement from Ron Carter is worthy of attention. Two upright bassists playing duets for sure gets your attention, if only for such a rarity. Then there are the twelve songs that grasp your attention. Bassists Rodney Jordan and Christian Fabian join forces for Conversations that have much to say and are spoken eloquently with vocabularies ...

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Battle Cry

Label: Airborne Ecstasy, LLC
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bali Hai; Sack Full of Dreams; Gettysburg Address; Abraham, Martin & John; America the Beautiful; Strange Fruit; Hear My Battle Cry; Pledge of Allegiance; America the Beautiful Reprise.

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Article: Live Review

Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At The Kimmel Center

Read "Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At The Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Perelman Theater Philadelphia, PA October 11, 2019 Marcus Roberts is one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, coming up in the 1980s in Wynton Marsalis' band and since then more ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Potter: You Already Know

Read "You Already Know" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


You might not know who drummer Dave Potter is, but you should. Whether stoking the flames in Jason Marsalis' Vibes Quartet, adding rhythmic flair to the recordings of bassist Will Goble, or leading the charge on his own, Potter has something incredibly positive to say. With You Already Know, Potter shrewdly mixes it ...

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Article: Live Review

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Doug Collette


Discover Jazz Festival Burlington, Vermont June 3-12, 2016 With thirty-two years of history, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is an avowed tradition, but those who oversee the wide variety of events that take place in Vermont's Queen City for the duration of its multiple nights regularly find a way to inject fresh ...

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News: Recording

Bassist Will Goble Releases "Consider The Blues" On OA2 Records On May 20th

Bassist Will Goble Releases "Consider The Blues" On OA2 Records On May 20th

For his second recording as a leader, bassist Will Goble is joined by drummer Dave Potter, his long-time rhythm section mate in Jason Marsalis' Quartet, master saxophonist Greg Tardy and the Atlanta-based pianist Louis Heriveaux. Through arrangements of compositions by Mary Lou Williams and George Gershwin, and originals inspired by the 2015 Nepali earthquakes, racial injustice, ...


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