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Taft Jordan

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 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  
(Results 1-25 of 343 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jordan, Taft," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109773.

Jordan, Taft. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109773.

"Jordan, Taft." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109773

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