November 2007

Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

Kidd Jordan Trio

Kidd Jordan, saxophones
Joel Futterman, piano + saxophone + Indian flute
Alvin Fielder, drums + percussion

Edward 'Kidd' Jordan is probably the single most under-documented jazz musician of his generation, a fact that is even more remarkable when you consider that he is also one of the busiest musicians in the world. The list of bands and artists Jordan has performed with reads like a 40-year Grammy program, from Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder to Aretha Franklin and the Supremes. Aside from his early affiliation with the AACM, Kidd has played with Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Ellis Marsalis, Cannonball Adderley, Ed Blackwell, Julius Hemphill, Alvin Batiste and many others. He is a featured performer every year at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and plays concerts in the USA and abroad.

The French Ministry of Culture recognized Jordan as a Knight (Chevalier) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1985. The French government bestowed him with their highest artistic award for his impetus as a visionary educator and performer. In fact, his imaginative sense of listening first brought together four outstanding saxophonists, Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, and David Murray, who as the World Saxophone Quartet would be one of the most outstanding jazz ensembles throughout the 1980s. In addition to his live performances, Kidd Jordan has long been associated with music education due to his position at Southern University at New Orleans, his work with children, documented by 60 Minutes, and his educational programs in Sierra Leone, Senegal and Mali.

Joel Futterman is recognized internationally as one of the foremost innovators and adventurous artists shaping the improvised music scene. He is known for his spirited, highly imaginative, and radical technique that pushes the limits of the piano. This technique is based on autonomous playing between the hands and is the result of an intense practice regiment he has maintained for the past 40 years. Yet for Joel, technique is invisible. It is only a means for full creative expression unencumbered by physical limitations. Fifteen years ago, he added the curved soprano saxophone to his repertory. He has performed across North America and Europe including such noted music festivals as The Tampere Jazz Festival in Finland, the Visions Festival in New York, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the North Sea Festival in Denmark. He has compiled a discography of 45 recordings including work with such notable jazz innovators as Jimmy Lyons, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Joseph Jarman, Richard Davis, William Parker, Hal Russell as well as 'Kidd' Jordan and Alvin Fielder with whom he has had a highly productive association since 1994. Also, Joel is the author of two books: The Design and Creative Patterns.

Alvin Fielder and other jazz musicians founded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) in 1963. "The purpose of this was for groups to market the music, set up the concerts, and have a forum to play, owning the music, without relying on the music of others. We wanted it to be free." The Roscoe Mitchell Sextet's landmark album, Sound (1967) was the first recording that Al was on and it was also the first album release from the AACM.

Improvisational music is what describes the type of music Al enjoys playing. Reflecting on his preparation activities, Alvin indicated that when a show is coming up he trains like a boxer. He undergoes intense practices. "I get to my drum set and I practice the rudiments of getting around the drum. I don't practice the music. I am open minded, and improvise on the spot. Music is like painting a portrait or creative writing. Drumming is not beating on something. I think in terms of actual music and rhythm. Like writing there is form to it. There has to be a vocabulary to have good music." Alvin has performed with Sun Ra, Eddie Harris, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson and many others. Alvin has been playing with Kidd Jordan for over 25 years. His association with Joel Futterman began in 1994.