Genius is a word too often tossed around in musical circles, but it has been rightfully applied to Stanley Jordan.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (PRWEB) December 17, 2012
January 12, 2013 "JAZZ IMPRESSIONS" - South Florida JAZZ presents virtuoso guitarist Stanley Jordan with his trio to kick off the 2013 concert series. Mr. Jordan is currently touring the world, and will have his trio comprised of bassist Nat Reeves and the incredible drummer Kenwood Dennard, who is making his first appearance in South Florida in many years.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is thrilled to present The Stanley Jordan Trio on Saturday January 12, 2013, 8:00 PM. This concert will take place at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd in Davie. Tickets are $40 ($15 for students) and can be purchased from the Broward Center box office by calling 954.462.0222 in Broward; or online at southfloridajazz.org.
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Stanley Jordan’s performances always showcase a technical wizardry that sets him apart from every known guitarist. His music is also imbued with a combination of passion, sensitivity, humor and sheer brilliance. As jazz chronicler Leonard Feather was prompted to write upon seeing him in concert, “Genius is a word too often tossed around in musical circles, but it has been rightfully applied to Stanley Jordan.”
Stanley Jordan was born in Chicago in 1959 and studied classical piano before moving on to the guitar. Obviously quite bright and very serious, he attended and graduated from Princeton University. He is a guitarist best known for his development of the “touch” or hammering technique. Stanley Jordan's particular touch technique employs two-handed tapping. Both hands are positioned in parallel positions over the fretboard to tap notes on multiple strings. This method allows the guitarist to play a melodic line and chords simultaneously. It is also possible, as Jordan has demonstrated, to play deftly on two different guitars. It is very difficult to do. Perhaps more difficult is his ability to play piano with the right hand and guitar with the left hand simultaneously in counterpoint.
In the mid-1980s, Stanley hit the scene much heralded because of his extraordinary, even revolutionary technique and virtuosity. He definitely has been under-recorded as a leader. Early acclaim and a nagging desire to do more than tour has led this shy and retiring artist to eschew the limelight until very recently, as his career has crested once again. While many of his worldwide dates are solo performances, he will appear at “Jazz Impressions” with a trio consisting of veteran New York bassist Nat Reeves, perhaps best known for his long association with alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, and dynamic drummer Kenwood Dennard, likely the only drummer-pianist to study music theory with the iconic Nadia Boulanger. Both are equipped for the daunting task of interacting technically and musically with the astounding virtuosity of Stanley Jordan.
The Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center is part of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus. This acoustically exceptional 498-seat auditorium is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology. The Miniaci enhances both the academic experience at NSU, as well as the cultural life of the community at large, through its academic seminars and arts programming.
For ticket information, please visit http://www.southfloridajazz.org, or call 954 462-0222 in Broward or toll-free: 800-564-9539. Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.