Creating authentic music with other musicians is one of Jordan’s greatest joys. As a teacher, he shares that joy and curiosity with his students. He understands that each person has different aptitudes and interests, and he takes that into account when developing lessons. As a result, students are able to express their unique selves while developing a technically sound foundation.
Jordan grew up studying classical piano in Fargo, ND. After discovering jazz and performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival with his high school band, he decided to pursue piano seriously. He graduated with a Bachelors from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Masters from the University of Miami, both in jazz performance. During this time he began teaching, and accepted his first students in 2008, ranging from beginners to adults. While in school Jordan had many exciting performance opportunities, which culminated in 1st-place finishes in the small group and big band categories at the 2011 Eau Claire Jazz Festival. He has performed with jazz artists such as Stefon Harris, Tierney Sutton, Kate Reid, the New York Voices, Peter Erskine, Marvin Stamm, Allen Vizzutti, and Ben Allison.
Most recently Jordan lived in Green Bay, WI, where he taught class piano in the public school system, maintained a private studio, and performed regularly in church and as a member of various jazz groups. He’s thrilled to now be playing and teaching in Chicago.