Jordan Pettay: On Saxophone
Jordan Pettay is a New York – based jazz saxophonist, composer and educator.
She has had the privilege of performing with artists like Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard, Joe Lovano, and Benny Golson among others, and has traveled worldwide throughout North America, Central America, Asia, Europe, and Australia performing and teaching.
Jordan most recently returned from a weeklong residency at the Guiseppe Verdi Conservatory in Torino, Italy in conjunction with the Torino Jazz Festival, where she conducted master classes at the conservatory and performed on the main stage of the festival. In late June, Jordan will be joining forces with the New York Jazz Symposium, a company started by educator and drummer extraordinaire Carl Allen, to conduct workshops in Melbourne, Australia.
At this juncture Jordan is also receiving her master’s degree in jazz studies, which will be the culmination of her 6 years spent at Juilliard. With this chapter of her life closing, and new doors opening, Jordan is looking forward to starting work on new projects, including her debut recording as a leader to be released in spring of 2015.
Born in Wichita, Kansas but raised in the suburbs of Ft. Worth, Texas, Jordan began playing the alto saxophone at the age of 11 and quickly caught the jazz bug after being exposed to recordings of Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker and having a series of gifted and passionate teachers who inspired her to pursue music.
Jordan attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas, where she toured nationally with groups under the direction of Bart Marantz and won a number of Downbeat Student Music Awards. As a senior in high school she was selected as lead alto in the Texas All-State Jazz Band. In 2008, Jordan moved to New York City to continue her musical training at the Juilliard School and studied under the tutelage of Ron Blake, Steve Wilson, Carl Allen, Rodney Jones, and others. While at Juilliard, Jordan had the distinct honor of being awarded the inaugural Gerry and Franca Mulligan Scholarship.
Since her arrival to New York, Jordan has had the opportunity to perform with her own band at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and has appeared as a sideman at such venues as The Appel Room (formerly the Allen Room), Rose Theater, the Iridium, Smoke, the Jazz Standard, and the Blue Note. In 2011, Jordan made her Radio City Music Hall debut, performing with country music star Trisha Yearwood. Jordan has also had the unique opportunity of playing the national anthem for an NFL football game at NY Giants Stadium. These days, Jordan can be heard performing regularly at Moscow 57 on Delancey.