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Jazz Child : A Portrait of Sheila Jordan - Ellen Johnson

Jazz Child

A Portrait of Sheila Jordan

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Published: 12th September 2014
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When Sheila Jordan dropped a nickel in the juke box of a Detroit diner in the 1940s and heard "Now's The Time" by Charlie Parker, she was instantly hooked-and so began a seventy-year jazz journey. In 1962, she emerged as the first jazz singer to record on the prestigious Blue Note label with her debut album Portrait of Sheila. Exploding on the jazz scene, this classic work set the bar for her career as an iconic jazz vocalist and mentor to other promising female vocalists. As The New York Times then announced, "Her ballad performances are simply beyond the emotional and expressive capabilities of most other vocalists." Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan, as the first complete biography about this remarkable singer's life, reveals the challenges she confronted, from her growing up poor in a Pennsylvania coal mining town to her rise as a bebop singer in Detroit and New York City during the 1950s to her work as a recording artist and performer under the influence of and in performance with such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker, George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk. Jordan's views as a woman living the jazz life in an era of racial and gender discrimination while surrounded by those often struggling with the twin evils of alcohol and drug abuse are skillfully woven into the tapestry of the tale she tells. With Jordan's full cooperation, author Ellen Johnson documents the fascinating career of this jazz great, who stands today as one of the most deeply respected jazz singers and educators. For jazz fans, Johnson's biography is a testament to a vanishing generation of musicians and her indomitable spirit is an inspiration to all walks of life. More information is available at: http://www.jazzchildthebook.com/

Jordan displays the same modesty about her newly released biography: Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan, by Ellen Johnson. 'I never thought about doing a book. I didn't have that much to say; I'm not that interesting,' Jordan alleges. 'Ellen just got on it. She wouldn't let me off the hook, bless her heart. I'm shocked that someone would take seven years of her life to write a book about me. I'm honored by what she's done.' The book delves into details beyond the 'Sheila's Blues' lyrics, into childhood hardship, racial prejudice, Jordan's experiences as a single mother of a biracial child, addiction and almost 30 years as a typist for a Mad Men-era advertising agency. Hothouse Jazz Magazine Johnson's thoroughly researched biography reminds us that Jordan has worked with a surprisingly large number of jazz greats, among them Dizzy Gillespie, Cecil Taylor, Lee Konitz, Jan Garbarek, Roswell Rudd, Steve Kuhn and George Russell, to name but a handful. Jazz Child also illustrates that Jordan has never been afraid to move outside her comfort zone. She has brought her highly emotive and uniquely compelling vocals to the poems of Robert Creeley and taken a leading role in the jazz-opera of George Gruntz and Amiri Baraka...Jordan's first award came over fifty years ago following the release of Portrait of Sheila, when she won the 1963 Downbeat Critics Poll for 'Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.' Johnson's eloquently written, eminently readable book makes much the same case for the indefatigable Jordan, half a century on. All About Jazz It's about time that somebody wrote a book about Sheila Jordan. People need to hear something real that's going to make a difference in their life. This is a message that the world needs. -- Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Determined and uncompromising are two words that help define Sheila Jordan. This remarkable jazz singer's tale needed to be told and we are fortunate that she has found in Ellen Johnson the ideal writer for this task. -- Bruce Crowther, jazz historian and author of Singing Jazz and The Jazz Singers from Ragtime to New Wave Sheila Jordan is not only a consistently creative and always wonderful jazz singer but a nurturing educator, a wise sage, and an utterly fascinating human being. Ellen Johnson has done the jazz world a great favor not only by writing the first biography on Sheila Jordan but by putting together a definitive work that is enjoyable to read. -- Scott Yanow, author of The Jazz Singer and Bebop Ellen Johnson's portrait of Sheila Jordan captures the warmth, modesty, determination, and sublime creativity of a unique woman who's become a jazz master and American cultural hero. We read about a golden age of jazz in Detroit and New York City, interracial friendships and romances, abuse, addiction and recovery, motherhood and triumph-all in the service of illuminating a life of beautiful music. -- Howard Mandel, author of Miles, Ornette, Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz and president of the Jazz Journalists Association

Chapter 1: God Blessed the Child Chapter 2: Little Song Chapter 3: Detroit Days Chapter 4: A Helluva Town Chapter 5: Autumn In New York Chapter 6: Better Than Anything Chapter 7: The Bird Chapter 8: I've Grown Accustomed To the Bass Chapter 9: White in a Black World Chapter 10: The Crossing Chapter 11: Reel Time Mentor Chapter 12: Where You At? Appendix I: Discography/Videography Appendix II: Awards, Recognition Appendix III: Music Examples Appendix IV: List of Interviews Notes Bibliography Index About the Author

ISBN: 9780810888364
ISBN-10: 081088836X
Series: Studies in Jazz
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 12th September 2014
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.34