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Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018 Presents

Jazz Song Master Class with Sheila Jordan

Booking Information

Venue: The Barbour Room

Tickets: £12.50


Sheila Jordan is not just an acclaimed jazz singer she is also in demand worldwide for her stimulating vocal workshops. A superb scat singer, Sheila received the Jazz Masters Award 2012 from the National Endowment for the Arts – the highest honour in jazz music in America.

Upon moving to New York City in the early ’50s, Jordan sang in clubs and at jam sessions with some of the city’s jazz giants, including Charles Mingus, Herbie Nichols, and Charlie “Bird” Parker. She also studied with the renowned Lennie Tristano. In 1952, she married Parker’s pianist, Duke Jordan. Ten years later, she made her acclaimed first recording, showing her vocal finesse on a ten-plus minute version of “You Are My Sunshine” on George Russell’s album The Outer View. Thanks to Russell, she released her first album, Portrait of Sheila, on Blue Note, the first female vocalist to record for the label.

At this master class Sheila will offer vocal jazz wisdom and stories of her life in jazz, accompanied by pianist Pete Churchill, and will critique songs presented by singers attending the class, (Anyone interested in gaining from Sheila’s advice should prepare a song and bring along the music to be played as accompaniment).

The Master Class is also open to the general public to observe and learn from Sheila’s lifetime of experience.