Trumpeter Marlon Jordan at N.O. Jazz Fest

by Vincent Sylvain

A must see at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell (April 24-26 & April 30-May 3) is New Orleans trumpeter Marlon Jordan. 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. The 2009 Jazz Fest celebrates 40 years of musical and cultural history at this year's star-studded event. The Marlon Jordan Quintet brings Marlon's clean, boppish lines laced with power, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the entire jazz trumpet tradition, signed in his owned unique sonic signature."

Marlon Jordan was one of the "Young Jazz Lions" who were signed, recorded and promoted on major record labels in the 1980s. He recorded three impressive LPs for Columbia from 1988 to 1992, For You Only, Learson's Return, and The Undaunted, and one for the Arabesque label entitled Marlon's Mode in 1997.

His latest album, Marlon Jordan featuring Stephanie Jordan; You Don't Know What Love Is announced the return of an exceptional trumpeter. It also heralds the recording debut of a new singer, his sister Stephanie and showcases an incredibly talented musical family. "Marlon's trumpeting, chameleon-like, assumes the colors of the music he plays ..."

Just in time for Jazz Fest, Jordan's recent Live Concert at the at Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz in Colorado will broadcast during last weekend of April on NPR's JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Marlon looks to his music for a sense of normalcy after nearly losing his life to hurricane Katrina. Trapped on his roof for five days, a long-line helicopter rescue mission pulled Marlon and his girlfriend to safety. But not before he himself rescued two neighbors who were trapped in a burning house, fracturing both his ankles in the process.

His current project, 3 Faces of Marlon Jordan allows him to transverse along an uncharted path; classical, jazz, and hip hop music all in a three CD compilation.

Scheduled for a 2009 Fall release, the classical wing of the of the album will include recordings with the Czech Film Orchestra which boast of the best European musicians, including principle players from the Czech Philharmonic, The Czech National Theatre Orchestra, The Czech Radio Orchestra and others while the Hip Hop version will include cuts from Marlon's daughter Lori Jordan whose stage name is Honey Chyl.

Marlon is sure to play some tunes from the upcoming release at his scheduled set. 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.

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