Duke Jordan RIP

Great Bebop jazz great, Duke Jordan, died last week … RIP …

Duke Jordan, the superb bebop piano player best-known as the pianist for Charlie Parker’s classic 1947 quintet with Miles Davis and Max Roach, and as the writer and namesake of the jazz standard “Jor-Du,” died on August 8 at his home in Copenhagen. He was 84.

Jordan was one of the last two surviving members, along with Max Roach, of the quintet known variously as the Charlie Parker Quintet, Charlie Parker’s All-Stars, and the Charlie Parker Original 5. Although the band was only together for a year (1947-48), it is widely regarded as among the greatest in the history of jazz and American music in general.

RIP Duke Jordan, 1922-2006,” by Michael J. West, Blogcritics.org, August 12, 2006
Also see “Duke Jordan, 84, Jazz Pianist Who Helped to Build Bebop, Dies,” by Tim Weiner, The New York Times, August 12, 2006

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