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Taft Jordan

tr, 1915-1981 US, Florence, South Carolina
Musician of Jazz

Taft Jordan (February 15, 1915, Florence, South Carolina – December 1, 1981, New Orleans) was an American jazz trumpeter, heavily influenced by Louis Armstrong.Jordan played early in his career with the Washboard Rhythm Kings before joining Chick Webb's orchestra from 1933 to 1942, remaining there after Ella Fitzgerald became its frontwoman. Jordan and Bobby Stark traded duties as the main trumpet soloist in Webb's orchestra. From 1943 to 1947 he played with Duke Ellington, then with Lucille Dixon at the Savannah Club in New York City from 1949 to 1953. After this he played less often, though he toured with Benny Goodman in 1958, played on Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain, and worked with the New York Jazz Repertory Company. He recorded four tunes as a leader in 1935, and led his own band i

  • Trumpet
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
It don't mean a thing: It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) on Ellington, Duke: Black, Brown and Beige by Duke Ellington & Duke Ellington Orchestra
Mood Indigo - Instrumental on Mood Indigo by Taft Jordan
Things Ain't What They Used To Be - Instrumental on Mood Indigo by Taft Jordan
Sophisticated Lady - Instrumental on Mood Indigo by Taft Jordan
Lost In Meditation - Instrumental on Mood Indigo by Taft Jordan
In A Sentimental Mood - Instrumental on Mood Indigo by Taft Jordan
Li'l Darlin' - Instrumental on Mood Indigo by Taft Jordan
Willow Weep For Me - Instrumental on Mood Indigo by Taft Jordan
I Didn't Know About You - Instrumental on Mood Indigo by Taft Jordan
Tenderly - Instrumental on Mood Indigo by Taft Jordan

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
I Believe In MusicTaft Jordan1988Album
The International Jazz Group - Volume OneThe International Jazz Group International Jazz Group Arvell Shaw, Taft Jordan, Vic Dickenson, Budd Johnson, André Persiany, Gus Johnson, George Berg1985Album
Mood Indigo!!! Taft Jordan Plays Duke EllingtonTaft Jordan1961Album
Rockin' In RhythmSwingville All Stars : Al Sears / Taft Jordan / Hilton Jefferson1960Album
The Moods Of Taft JordanTaft Jordan1959Album
Skin Tight And Cymbal Wise!Vic Dickenson, Taft Jordan, Arvell Shaw, Budd Johnson, George Berg, André Persiany, Gus Johnson1958Album
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 38Benny Goodman And His Orchestra, Taft Jordan, Zoot Sims, Billy BauerAlbum
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