Jazz Vocalist Stephanie Jordan to Release New Album, “Stephanie Jordan Sings a Tribute to the Fabulous Lena Horne” on April 13th, 2012

Stephanie Jordan Tribute CD to Lena Horne CD Release Party at Café Istanbul New Orleans; Friday, April 13

ORLEANS – The long awaited debut album by New Orleans jazz vocalist
Stephanie Jordan has finally arrived. The Stephanie Jordan Big Band will
host a CD Release Party at Café Istanbul during French Quarter Fest
weekend in the Healing Center located at 2372 St. Claude Avenue, New
Orleans. Louisiana on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM. The new CD;
“Stephanie Jordan Sings a Tribute to the Fabulous Lena Horne” honors the
legendary Grammy Award winner who starred in many films and whose music
has been hailed as masterpieces.

Noted jazz critic Ted Panken
writes, “Great lyrics permeate this beautifully rendered homage, and
Jordan has the skill sets to do them justice—a voice that projects from a
whisper to a scream, impeccable diction, dead-center pitch, fluid
phrasing. Backed by a breathe-as-one 8-piece unit of top-shelf New
Orleanians that sounds twice its size, and counterstated by a cohort of
virtuoso soloists, she finds fresh, unfailingly swinging approaches to
this well-traveled repertoire, melding into a personal argot elements
garnered from such distinguished mentors as Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln,
Nancy Wilson—and Lena Horne herself—while sounding like no one other
than Stephanie Jordan. As she aptly puts it, “it’s a tribute, not a

Panken continues, “The album’s title track, Yesterday
When I Was Young, a Charles Aznavour gem that Horne documented on the
1969 LP Lena and Gabor. Jordan’s sodium pentothal treatment—the truth
WILL be told—is evocative of the magical phrasing of Shirley Horn, a
close friend of Jordan from her D.C. days.”

The full album
continues Jordan’s signature treatment of jazz standards from the Big
Band era performed with select solos by her father Edward “Kidd” Jordan;
her brothers trumpeter Marlon and flutist Kent Jordan; and Uncle
Maynard Chatters. Roderick Paulin’s solo treatment on Stormy Weather is
enchanting while Emmy Award recipient Mike Esneault provides musical
utopia on the keys throughout the album.

Jordan’s only regret is
that Horne isn’t around to hear this heartfelt offering. “I was two
years into doing tributes to Lena, when she died, ” she says. “It was
devastating to me.

The full line-up of musicians includes; Mike
Esneault, Arranger, Piano; Bobby Campo, Trumpet; Blake Daniels, Trumpet;
Troy Davis, Drums and Percussions; Tony Dagradi, Baritone Sax; B.J.
McGibney, Trombone; Roderick Paulin, Tenor Sax; Chris Severin, Bass;
Maynard Chatters, Trombone; Steve Masakowski, Guitar; Edward Kidd
Jordan, Tenor Sax; Kent Jordan, Flute; and Marlon Jordan, Trumpet.
said that 16-years ago, a month long singing engagement in Istanbul,
Turkey was the first time that she had traveled alone out of the US. “It
was then that I began to believe that she could be a professional jazz
singer. I remember thinking, wow; exotic places, worldwide travel, and
glamorous surroundings, this could work. At the Palace Hotel where I was
residing for the performance hung a beautiful painting of New Orleans’
own Sidney Bechet. That confirmed that jazz was the route for me.” The
reflections of that trip are the reasons why Jordan said she chose Café
Istanbul as the site for her CD release.

Admission to this
exclusive CD Release Party/Concert is only $20 and includes a free
signed copy of the Stephanie Jordan Sings A Tribute to the Fabulous Lena
Horne; Yesterday When I Was Young CD with the first 100 tickets

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