Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Jordan Jazz

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"Advancing vocal jazz locally, regionally, and globally while celebrating the cultural values of those with whom we share."

Jordan Jazz (a.k.a. "The JJ Fam") promotes vocal jazz awareness, education, and entertainment through local, national and global outreach activities. Membership in Jordan Jazz is open to all Butler students by audition. Jordan Jazz works with Clowes Memorial Hall to co-host such artists as Butler's own Four Freshmen, The Real Group from Stockholm, Sweden, and the gospel groups Take 6 and Mighty Clouds of Joy. Collaborating with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Jordan Jazz has worked with such jazz legends Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Manhattan Transfer, Rockapella, New York Voices, Bobby McFerrin, Marvin Hamlisch, Elvis Costello, Dr. Ron McCurdy and Naturally 7. Jordan Jazz has performed throughout the USA, Brazil, Hong Kong, Jamaica and on aboard cruise ships in the Caribbean and West Indies. In Brazil, Jordan Jazz worked with Gran Finale, Canto Ma Non Presto and Instituto Bacarelli (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Grupo Arte Consciente(Salvador, Brazil). In Hong Kong, they joined Dr. Brimmer to headline the 2010 International Jazz Educators Conference. Each summer, they host Butler's Vocal Jazz Camps (July 21-26, 2012). In November 8-10, they'll be working with Street Corner Symphony, Dr. Kirby Shaw and invited directors for the Butler Vocal Jazz Fest '12.

The history of vocal jazz at Butler University is rich and far-reaching. Jordan Jazz' roots can be traced back as far as the 1960s, when the Butler "Swing choir" performed both vocal jazz and show choir repertoire. However, long before Jordan Jazz was a mainstay on the Clowes Hall Stage, even before Clowes Memorial Hall existed, "The Four Freshmen" were music students at Butler. These four vocal & instrumental musicians never became sophomores! In 1948, they left Butler to perform and study jazz under the tutelage of Stan Kenton and his orchestra. The rest is history, which you can learn about at www.amdest.com/stars/freshmen.html.  

For more information and booking information, please contact Dr. Tim Brimmer, Director of Choral Jazz Activities at Butler University's School of Music by email at tbrimmer@butler.edu.

Learn more about jazz studies at Butler University (PDF).

Ensemble Jordan Jazz Montage