Hailed as one of the most important innovators in jazz guitar during the 1980’s, Stanley Jordan has been a musician that’s always been on the cutting edge of his technique and his passion for the music. His latest Mack Avenue Records release “Friends” is a myriad of all genres of music will playing and staying in the form of straight ahead jazz. This project pairs him with special guest musicians that Stanley’s been wanting to play and record with for decades. Musicians include Nicholas Payton, Ronnie Laws, Bucky Pizzarelli, Russell Malone, Charlie Hunter, Mike Stern, Regina Carter, and Kenny Garrett. His band is backed by his trio which features Charnett Moffett on bass and Kenwood Dennard on drums.
Stanley and his trio just finished a week at The Iridium in New York City with special guests classical guitarist Sharon Isbin and the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli. Jordan, who just recorded a duet with Sharon on her latest disc “Guitar Passions,” graced the stage with him playing two classical compositions.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Stanley began playing the piano at the age of six and then started learning guitar at eleven. He started listening to jazz and rock music crediting John Coltrane and Carlos Santana as some of his early influences. Jordan attended Princeton University and studied digital music composition with the legendary Paul Lansky and the late Dr. Milton Babbitt. He began playing the guitar under the two-handed tapping technique that began to create a buzz in the jazz circles during the late1970’s into the early 1980’s. It was at this time when Blue Note Records began to release new artists and Jordan made his and label’s debut of “Magic Touch” which was released in the summer of 1985. For this period, Stanley recorded a handful of recordings until he took a break from recording and focus on her personal life as well and begun studying music therapy, which dedicates his personal time to when he’s not touring.
Stanley made his return to the mainstream three years ago when he recorded his first record in years on the Mack Avenue Records imprint, “State of Nature.” Musically and spiritually he’s back on track and sounds and plays better than ever. “Friends” is a project that he wanted record and documents some of jazz music’s innovators of the past, present, and the future. Currently he’s on tour promoting the new record. For upcoming tour dates or to order “Friends,” visit him on the web at stanleyjordan.com.