Louis Jordan Biography

Saxophonist, Singer (1908–1975)
Louis Jordan was a saxophonist-singer who was a seminal figure in the development of both rhythm and blues and rock and roll.


Saxophoist/singer Louis Jordan joined Chick Webb's orchestra in 1936, remaining (alongside the young Ella Fitzgerald) for two years before forming his own band. Jordan's musical style exerted a profound influence on a wide range of performers, most notably Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and Bill Haley. Among many others who covered his material were Woody Herman, Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton.

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