The Rodney Jordan Quintet ~ CD Release Tour
January 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join us for bassist/educator/composer Rodney Jordan’s CD Release TOUR… This weekend kicks off a CD release tour of Jordan’s debut album as a bandleader, Playing Jazz Vol. 1.
Rodney Jordan’s passion and dedication to the music is evident in every note that he plays. There is little doubt that he will make a lasting contribution to his instrument and to jazz music.
Accompanying Jordan will be trumpeter Melvin Jones, saxophonist Mark Sterbank, pianist Louis Heriveaux, and drummer Quentin E. Baxter.
Jordan is certainly no stranger to the Lowcountry audiences, having facilitated the bass chair in performances with world-renowned artists such as vocalist René Marie and pianist Marcus Roberts. Rodney is one of the most versatile jazz bassists on the scene today; Jordan’s tone is rich and soulful when he plays hauntingly beautiful phrases with the bow. Just as readily, he plays fast virtuosic passages with apparent effortless skill.
Jordan’s knowledge of harmony from his classical bass training combined with the relentless feeling of swing in his playing is a perfect fit for the powerful melodic, blues-based, syncopated improvisational sound of the Marcus Roberts Trio.
“One of the first things that I noticed about Rodney was his dedicated work ethic,” says Marcus Roberts. “When I observed students around him, I noticed that they became more serious just from working with him. His example inspires and leads them to greater commitment to learning how to play this music. Students respect him because he practices what he preaches. He also spends a lot of extra time with the students, and is never too busy to answer their questions.”
Jordan can be heard on numerous recordings, including the Marcus Roberts Trio, Marcus Roberts Nonet, Béla Fleck & the Marcus Roberts Trio, René Marie, Russell Gunn, Curtis Fuller, Bill Anschell, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Melvin Jones, and Scotty Barnhart.
More importantly, you can enjoy Jordan up close and in person here on Hilton Head Island!