Steve Jordan

Steve Jordan (January 15, 1919 – September 13, 1993) was an American jazz guitarist.

Jordan studied with Allan Reuss early in life while Reuss was Benny Goodman's guitarist. He worked in the Will Bradley Orchestra (1939–41), Artie Shaw (1941–42), and Teddy Powell (briefly in 1942) before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Following his term of service he played with Bob Chester, Freddie Slack, Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, Stan Kenton, Jimmy Dorsey, and Boyd Raeburn.

He became a studio musician for NBC and worked often as a freelance sideman after the big band era was over. He worked with Gene Krupa, Mel Powell, Vic Dickenson, Charles Thompson, Buck Clayton, Ruby Braff, Benny Goodman, Wild Bill Davison, Clancy Hayes, Buddy Tate, Helen Ward, and Ed Polcer. He held a regular gig in Washington, D.C. with Tommy Gwaltney from 1965 to 1972, and was offered the opportunity to succeed Freddie Green in the Count Basie Orchestra but turned it down.

Jordan recorded Jordan recorded only one session as a leader, a 1972 album Fat Cat's Jazz. He published a memoir entitled Rhythm Man in 1991.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 15, 1919 (New York City), Died September 13, 1993 (Alexandria)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71439 10-in. 10/1/1943 My heart tells me Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71440 10-in. 10/1/1943 My shining hour Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71441 10-in. 10/1/1943 Birmingham special Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71442 10-in. 10/1/1943 An old manuscript Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Signature SRC 110 10-in. 2/12/1945 I'll remember April Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Signature SRC 111 10-in. 2/12/1945 Street of dreams Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Signature SRC 112 10-in. 2/12/1945 Our delight Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Signature SRC 113 10-in. 2/12/1945 [Unknown title(s)] Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Signature SRC 126 10-in. 1945 Laura Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Signature SRC 127 10-in. 1945 Lonely serenade Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Signature SRC 128 10-in. 1945 Ill wind Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Signature SRC 134 10-in. 1945 Seventh Avenue Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Signature SRC 135 10-in. 1945 John's other wife Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Signature SRC 136 10-in. 1945 The trouble with me is you Johnny Bothwell Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jordan, Steve," accessed September 29, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324093.

Jordan, Steve. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324093.

"Jordan, Steve." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 29 September 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324093

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