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Joe Jordan and The Soul Trio

Joe Jordan and The Soul Trio

Performances

July 1 - 2:30 PM @ UScellular Connection Stage

Joe Jordan and The Soul Trio

In sports parlance, Michael Jordan is considered to be the G.O.A.T., the Greatest of All Time.

When it comes to vocalists in our area, Jo Jordan may not be the G.O.A.T., but he is most certainly in the discussion. And one would see his countenance chiseled on a local Mount Rushmore if there was such a thing.

At the very least, he'd be right at home in The Pantheon of performers behind a microphone.

Joe got the bug to be a performer when a friend offered him a ticket to see silky-smooth Lou Rawls perform at the Red Mill North in Milwaukee. "That performance showed me a lot," Jordan said in a recent interview. "It was so entertaining." He knew right then what he loved and wanted most to do.

Jazz Unlimited fans were given a small sample of what Joe Jordan brings to the table when he commands a stage and gets behind a microphone. Joe was one of the headliners at JU's Annual Fall Concert.

Of course, as with everything else in the last 12 months or so, COVID tamped down what would've surely been a sellout. Those who donned masks and kept safely distanced were delighted with what they heard.

Starting in 1999 and for some fifteen years, Jordan was lead vocalist with Streetlife, the house band for the Milwaukee Bucks for around three decades. That group, founded by fellow Pantheon member Warren Paul Vito Wiegratz, had people staying in their seats during timeouts just to hear the group wail.

Jordan gave a nod to Wiegratz and the venerable Eddie Butts among his influencers. "I learned a lot from Warren," Jordan said. "He is so humble and so talented. I learned a lot about performing and a lot about the business of music...and taxes."

Jordan listened to "a lof of Motown, especially Marvin Gaye," Jordan said. "I like Nat King Cole and Donny Hathaway. I listen to female singers too. Aretha of course. And Luther Vandross. They did some incredible stuff."

So, is Joe Jordan a Soul Singer, a Crooner, or a Jazzman? The short answer is YES! "I try to fuse stuff together. I call it jazzy soul stuff. I love to improvise. That's why I play with different musicians who play different styles. They like to experiment and I love that."

Joe has done a few gigs here and there..some private things. But COVID has forced him to get involved in projects and recordings. He's done some things with Christopher Pipkins of Christopher's Project.

And most recently, Jordan hooked up with George Nash, Jr., who put together the True Music Group which released True Soul Volume I. A series of happy accidents led the effort to sit atop the UK Soul Charts in November and December. The effort got a lot of airplay in Cleveland and Nashville. And there's more where that came from. To be continued...

Nash produced a lot of work from Milwaukee's own Eric Benet.

A duet, Closer and Closer, featuring the killer vocals of Daquela Payne, has gotten a lot of attention overseas. Jordan did a lot of deejay and radio spots in the United Kingdom. A tour of the British Isles will most likely be in the offing once travel restrictions are lifted.

Joe Jordan has given back and, not unlike the core mission of Jazz United, is nurturing the next generation of players and performers. He has done work with MPS and, for the last five years, he's taught at Christian Hope Schools.

He runs something of a band camp and teaches kids how to play the different instruments or sing. "It was incredible," Jordan said.

The virus put that on hold, but it will be back and better than ever.

Now that some of the restrictions are lifting, Joe Jordan & The Soul Trio are back in the rotation of The Packing House near the airport, Zisters in Elm Grove and many other venues. Do not pass up an opportunity to see him perform when you can and are comfortable doing so. He never disappoints.

- "In Joe Jordan's World, Jazz and Soul Are BFFs" - By CP Christopher Peppas

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