Clifford Jordan  

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Clifford Laconia Jordan (September 2, 1931, Chicago – March 27, 1993, Manhattan) was a jazz tenor saxophone player. While in Chicago, he performed with Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, and some rhythm and blues groups. He moved to New York City in 1957, after which he recorded three albums for Blue Note. He also recorded with Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson, and Kenny Dorham, among others. He was part of the Charles Mingus Sextet, with Eric Dolphy, during its 1964 European tour. Jordan toured Africa with Randy Weston, and performed in Paris while living in Belgium. In later years, he led his own groups, performed with Cedar Walton's quartet Eastern Rebellion,

Jordan was married to Shirley Jordan, a designer and former owner of Clothing Manufacturing Corporation in New York. He later married Sandy Jordan (née Williams), a graphic artist and Honorary Founding Board member of the Jazz Foundation of America.

Jordan died of lung cancer at the age of 61.


As leader

As sideman

With Paul Chambers

With Sonny Clark

With Richard Davis

With Eric Dolphy

With Art Farmer

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Andrew Hill

With J. J. Johnson

With Charles McPherson

With Carmen McRae

With Charles Mingus

With Lee Morgan

With Dizzy Reece

With Max Roach

With Horace Silver

With Charles Tolliver

With Mal Waldron

With Cedar Walton

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