Drumming Education #48 Steve Jordan

Well I am on to number 48 of Modern Drummer “The 50 Greatest Drummers steve jordanOf All Time” and I have to say Steve Jordan has a ridiculously amazing resume.  Some of the highlights include: As a teenager he played with Stevie Wonder’s band and later played for the Saturday Night Live band. While drumming for SNL band he joined with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd and went on tour with The Blues Brothers in the 80’s – (did not appear in the movie). He returned to late night in 1982 alongside Paul Shaffer’s World’s Most Dangerous Band on Late Night with David Letterman… Wow! Born in the Bronx, New York on January 14, 1957 and he later graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. As soon as the snare drum was bestowed upon him, Steve Jordan was issued a challenge by his father: learn to play Art Blakey‘s “Blues March.” To further motivate him to accept the challenge, Steve Jordan’s father told him that learning that song would enable him to play anything on the drums. Steve Jordan took on the challenge, and the “Blues March” became the first song he ever learned to play. Steve’s next big influence was jazz drummer Freddie Waits. They met at an after-school music program, when Steve was 16 years old. Steve Jordan was so eager to learn, that he and Freddie Waits struck up a relationship and began working together. Freddie Waits taught Steve Jordan privately for a while, showing him what he needed to do to become a professional musician. Soon enough the lessons turned into counseling: Steve Jordan played while Freddie listened and watched carefully so he could guide him.

His most recent work includes being a part of the John Mayer Trio, stevejordanchriskuhlGrammy Award Winner for his Producing efforts, touring with Eric Clapton’s band in 2007, and starting The Verbs with his wife.  He has worked with countless artists over the years and I suggest you take a look at his videos online. He also released an instructional video and book called The Groove is Here.

Simplicity is not stupidity. Just because something sounds simple or is easy to play, in your mind, doesn’t mean it is dumb.” – Steve Jordan in the DVD The Groove Is Here, 2002.

Stay Tuned!

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