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Mark Stryker

Sheila Jordan

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Great article. Thanks, Mark.

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I actually changed planes in Detroit on my way home today and bought the paper in the airport to read on the plane. Beautiful piece and it was nice to see something like this get so much space in the paper.

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This is an exchange I had with an old friend on FAcebook:

Kay: Last night I saw Sheila Jordan sing about her life & all the jazz greats she knew and loved. 82 years old & looking great.Ultra fashionable black/red nailpolish. She had total control of the band (local piano & base), got Jane Bunnett to come in for one song for a killer unscripted sax/vocal duet, and sang full tilt for over an hour.

Joe Medjuck Wow! Lucky you. Where'd you see her?

April 3, 2011 at 12:09pm · Like

Kay Armatage It was a little gallery in the Sorauren warehouse district called Gallery 345 Sorauren - they probably have a website. They have a jazz series. She was here for the weekend & gave a singing workshop all day today (I didn't go as I don't sing). But she was fantastic. I found myself crying a couple of times, not because she was singing a sad song or anything, but because of the complexity & beauty of the aesthetic experience - jazz history, her own autobiography, infinitely generous anecdotes (imitiating Billie Holiday calling out to Miles at the Village Vanguard - she sang it: "Miles, Miles" - in Holiday's voice), all sung - 'making it up as she went along,' as she said, & then the incredible performances of the songs she introduced with each story. Funny, smart, voice bending all over the place, & this wonderful 'sung' autobiography. Apparently she comes to Toronto fairly often to give singing workshops, & the person who organized this has studied with her. It was just superb. DVD's 2 for $30 - all $$ to her, so are they discontinued? I don't know. Great event.

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She is so good, I only have two records with her "Portrait Of Sheila" and "The Crossing", love both of them. I can tell you that Duke Jordan was an a....., not a nice person, I knew him a little while he lived (and died) here in Copemhagen. I remember one occasion, at Herluf Kamp Larsen's 80th birthday, there was a big party at Copenhagen Jazz House, and all the muscians played for nothing to pay tribute to Herluf, But Duke Jordan, no no, he was standing in the bar and I asked him if he was not going to play, his answer was "Only If I get paid". Herluf did not have any money, we had all paid

for ourselves to be there.

Vic

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Expect to see her in a couple of days at Lincoln Center.

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she's great; Duke was a tough one. He scared me a little bit. Very volatile.

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Never was much of a Sheila Jordan fan. Couldn't get into Abby Lincoln either. Oh well......

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loved the article and love Sheila - only question is when is she going to be in Maine? I go every summer and would love to time it to see her. I saw her in the spring in chicago with my 15 yr old daughter who loved her and it would make the trip home even more worth it.

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Saw her tonight at Iridium, as well as last night at the festivities. What wonderful spirit.

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Saw her tonight at Iridium, as well as last night at the festivities. What wonderful spirit.

Nicely put.

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I'll add my kudos on an excellent article. I agree with your Betty Carter reference, as I've been known to describe her style as something like a cross between Betty Carter and Anita O'Day.

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