Jazz April Birthday #1: Duke Jordan 1922-2006 | April 1, 2013
One of the reasons April was selected as Jazz Appreciation month was the sheer volume of legendary jazz musicians’ birthdays in that month. My goal is to celebrate one per day this Jazz April on Robin’s Nest.
Irvin Sidney “Duke” Jordan was one of the great early be-bop pianists, and composer of the tune “Jordu” which became a standard after the Clifford Jordan/Max Roach Quintet recorded it. Duke Jordan was part of Charlie Parker’s “classic” quintet (1947-1948) that recorded landmark be-bop tunes like “Embraceable You” and “Scrapple from the Apple.”