Taft Jordan (February 15, 1915, Florence, South Carolina – December 1, 1981, New Orleans) was an American jazz trumpeter, heavily influenced by Louis Armstrong.
Jordan played early in his career with the Washboard Rhythm Kings before joining Chick Webb's orchestra from 1933 to 1942, remaining there after Ella Fitzgerald became its frontwoman. Jordan and Bobby Stark traded duties as the main trumpet soloist in Webb's orchestra. From 1943 to 1947 he played with Duke Ellington, then with Lucille Dixon at the Savannah Club in New York City from 1949 to 1953. After this he played less often, though he toured with Benny Goodman in 1958, played on Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain, and worked with the New York Jazz Repertory Company. He recorded four tunes as a leader in 1935, and led his own band in 1960–61, when he recorded LPs for Mercury, Aamco Records, and Swingville.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 15th, 1915 (Florence), Died December 1st, 1981 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1963
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 343 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-99972||10-in.||4/9/1936||It is true what they say about Dixie?||Willie Bryant Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-99973||10-in.||4/9/1936||All my life||Taft Jordan ; Willie Bryant Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-99974||10-in.||4/9/1936||The right somebody to love||Jack Butler ; Willie Bryant Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-99975||10-in.||4/9/1936||The glory of love||Willie Bryant Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-99976||10-in.||4/9/1936||Ride, red, ride||Willie Bryant ; Willie Bryant Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-99977||10-in.||4/9/1936||Moonrise on the lowlands||Willie Bryant Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Columbia||W152733||10-in.||5/9/1934||I can't dance, I got ants in my pants||Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra ; Taft Jordan||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W152735||10-in.||5/9/1934||Why should I beg for love||Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W152770||10-in.||7/6/1934||True||Chick Webb Orchestra ; Taft Jordan||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W152771||10-in.||7/6/1934||Lonesome moments||Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W265085||10-in.||3/8/1933||Shuffle off to Buffalo||Washboard Rhythm Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W265088||10-in.||3/8/1933||Going! Going!||Washboard Rhythm Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Decca||38338||10-in.||8/17/1934||Everybody loves my baby||Georgia Washboard Stompers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38339||10-in.||8/17/1934||Farewell blues||Georgia Washboard Stompers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38340||10-in.||8/17/1934||High society||Georgia Washboard Stompers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38341||10-in.||8/17/1934||I can't dance-1||Georgia Washboard Stompers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38342||10-in.||8/17/1934||Tiger rag||Georgia Washboard Stompers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38343||10-in.||8/17/1934||Who broke the lock of the henhouse door||Georgia Washboard Stompers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38344||10-in.||8/17/1934||Limehouse blues||Georgia Washboard Stompers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38345||10-in.||8/17/1934||After you've gone||Georgia Washboard Stompers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38346||10-in.||8/17/1934||Chinatown, my Chinatown||Georgia Washboard Stompers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38347||10-in.||8/17/1934||Alexander's ragtime band||Georgia Washboard Stompers||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38548||10-in.||9/5/1934||Give me a heart to sing to||Ethel Waters||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38549||10-in.||9/5/1934||I ain't gonna sin no more||Ethel Waters||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||38550||10-in.||9/5/1934||Trade mark||Ethel Waters||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jordan, Taft," accessed April 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109773.
Jordan, Taft. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109773.
"Jordan, Taft." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 April 2021.
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