Jazz Child: A Portrait Of Sheila Jordan (Studies In Jazz)
Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan (Studies in Jazz)
When Sheila Jordan dropped a nickel in the juke box of a Detroit diner in the 1940s and heard âNowâs The Timeâ by Charlie Parker, she was instantly hookedâand so began a seventy-year jazz journey. In 1962, she emerged as the first jazz singer to record on the prestigious Blue Note label with her debut album Portrait of Sheila. Exploding on the jazz scene, this classic work set the bar for her career as an iconic jazz vocalist and mentor to other promising female vocalists. As The New York Times then announced, âHer ballad performances are simply beyond the emotional and expressive capabilities of most other vocalists.â
Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan, as the first complete biography about this remarkable singerâs life, reveals the challenges she confronted, from her growing up poor in a Pennsylvania coal mining town to her rise as a bebop singer in Detroit and New York City during the 1950s to her work as a recording artist and performer under the influence of and in performance with such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker, George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus,...