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Jordan Young

Born in Detroit, MI in 1978 music was always a continuous presence in Jordan's upbringing. His earliest musical influences came from his mother's vast record collection, which included classical, jazz and classic rock. His first experience playing jazz was in high school jazz band, where he was first chair all four years. His exposure to a variety styles at an early age helped him to become the versatile and creative musician he is today.

Eventually, Jordan attended the Jazz Studies Program at The University of Michigan, where he refined his drumming and compositional skills. In Ann Arbor, he was consistently sought out to perform with local groups with styles ranging from jazz to pop to avant-garde. Simultaneously, he was hanging at more jam sessions in the Metro-Detroit Area, which led to gigs with Detroit jazz legends Donald Walden, Marcus Belgrave, Teddy Harris, Jr., James Carter, and Rodney Whitaker. Meanwhile, at the University of Michigan, Jordan was taken under the wing of world-renowned drummer and composer, Gerald W. Cleaver. Studying with Gerald, Jordan really began to dig deep into world of jazz drumming, absorbing himself in the music of master drummers like Art Blakey, Jimmy Cobb, and "Philly" Joe Jones. During the five years Jordan spent at Michigan he dedicated himself to this music: practicing, playing and gigging as much as humanly possible.

Upon encouragement from his mentors, Jordan moved to New York City to become an active part of the NYC jazz scene. As soon as he arrived, he began studying with world class educator John Riley, earning his masters from Manhattan School of Music. Currently, Jordan resides in Brooklyn, NY. He currently works as a sideman and leads his own groups at many renowned New York City jazz clubs and venues such as Smoke, Smalls, Cleopatra's Needle, Arturo's, Fat Cat, and Carnegie Hall. He is currently on faculty at The Music School of Westchester. He also maintains an active private teaching studio. Since moving to New York City Jordan has played with such jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Harry Whitaker, Javon jackson, Steve Nelson, Steve Wilson, Donald Brown, Kenny Baron, Rodney Jones, Ed Cherry , Calvin Keys and Peter Bernstein to name a few. He has led a steady gig twice a week with a few different groups at Authentic Bar B Flat in TribeCa. His group performs there on Monday and Wednesday nights. Jordan has also perfomed as headlining artist at world renown Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola for "Jazz At Lincoln Center" in New York City.

Jordan's performance engagements with the The Juilliard School's Artist Diploma ensemble will begin in the fall of 2013 and conclude in the spring of 2015.

Earlier Event: March 27
Firehouse Brazilian Jazz
Later Event: April 5
Nick Hempton