Sylvain Music Notes (New Orleans 4/15/09) Just in time for the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Marlon Jordan Quartet's recent Live Concert at the Glenwood Springs, Colorado "Summer of Jazz" series will broadcast during last weekend of April on JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater from NPR Music beginning on Thursday, April 23 in more than 115 markets nationwide.
In New Orleans, the show airs on WWNO 89.9 FM on Saturday, April 25 at 7:00 pm; in Baton Rouge on WBRH 90.3 FM on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 pm; and Newark, NJ’s WBGO.org on Sunday, April 26, at 6:00 pm and on Wednesday, April 29, at 6:30 pm. Please check your local listing for date and run time.
For 23 years, Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz has been the constant brainchild of Bob Noone, a local lawyer, and his artist wife Mary. Their children, Charlie, Vallee and Claire, grew up with the series. The longer the Noones kept programming the festival, the further they reached. Now they book musicians from all over, and especially from New Orleans. Trumpeter Marlon Jordan, who survived the Hurricane Katrina sitting on the roof of his house, is one New Orleans musician who has become a true friend of Glenwood Springs.
Marlon Jordan was joined in the set at Two Rivers Park by bassist Neal Caine who played in Diana Krall’s trio; pianist Jonathan Lefcoski who has recorded with Harry Connick, Jr.; and drummer Adonis Rose, founder and artistic director of the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra.
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Born in New Orleans in 1970, Jordan has music notes flowing through his veins, his father, Edward Kidd Jordan is an avant-garde saxophonist, his mother a classical pianist. Siblings include flutist Kent Jordan, classical violinist Rachel Jordan and jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan. Marlon studied at the same New Orleans arts high school that turned out trumpeters Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, and a generation of talent now in their late 30s and 40s.
When Marlon was only 17, Columbia Records signed him as one of the "Young Lions" of the day. He recorded three albums for the label and toured with the JVC Jazz Festival, opening for Miles Davis. After the label pulled back, Marlon kept moving. He worked with "Jambalaying in Rio," a music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that celebrated the kinship between Rio and New Orleans. Then on August 29, 2005, Marlon was in New Orleans and it almost cost him his life. Later, he told his story to NPR’s Talk of the Nation.
A must see at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell (April 24-26 & April 30-May 3), Jordan’s energized take on the classic Miles Davis Quintet sound takes place on opening day Friday, April 24 in the WWOZ Jazz Tent at 12:40 PM. Marlon is sure to play some tunes from the upcoming release 3 Faces of Marlon Jordan during the scheduled set, blasting "clean, boppish lines laced with power, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the entire jazz trumpet tradition, signed in his owned unique sonic signature."Following his Jazz Fest performance, you can catch Jordan at some of New Orleans famous jazz huts; Friday night at Donna’s Bar & Grill on April 24 at 9:00 p.m., and Ray’s Boom Boom Room of Saturday, April 25, 2009 beginning at 9:30 p.m. Marlon also performs every Thursday at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club with the Delfeayo Marsalis Uptown Jazz Orchestra at 7:00 & 9:00 p.m.