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Eric in The Evening; Sheila Jordan

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Sheila Jordan Interview Highlights: Sheila Jordan talks about duo performances and recordings with only a bass player. She provides historical reference to earlier experiences she had performing duos with bassists in the 1950’s. Sheila Jordan shares her love for singing and shares that she approaches music for what is happening at the time. She expresses that God has given her a very special gift – the gift of singing. She shares how she feels when singing. She talks of the influence of Charlie Parker on her. Sheila Jordan speaks on the influence of Billie Holiday on her. Sheila Jordan shares her experiences teaching vocalists at City College of NY. Sheila Jordan shares insight into her relationship with George Russell and the significance of it, including a memorable experience with George and her family in West Virginia. Sheila Jordan talks of her years in Detroit, the prejudice she encountered and the wonderful musicians with whom she grew up and with whom she learned. These musicians include NEA Jazz Masters Tommy Flanagan, Betty Carter and Kenny Burrell. Sheila Jordan is also a NEA Jazz Master. (Editor’s Note: This interview was the first time Shelia Jordan was interviewed on Eric Jackson’s show. Sheila Jordan was appearing at the Starlight Roof in the Howard Johnsons in Kenmore Square. This transcription begins after Eric had played the song “Baltimore Oriole” from Jordan’s album titled Portrait of Sheila. The album was recorded September 18 and October 12, 1962 and released on Blue Note Records.) Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Leonard Brown. Beginning in 1969, Eric Jackson hosted multiple jazz radio shows airing from various Boston based radio stations. He moved to WGBH in 1977 as host for “Artists in the Night”. In 1981, Eric created his own show, “Eric in the Evening”, which now airs on WGBH radio.

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Eric in The Evening
Sheila Jordan
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Eric in the Evening debuted in 1981 with host Eric Jackson, a Boston jazz radio legend. The program features the best in jazz, in-depth looks at great artists, live interviews, and performances from the WGBH studios. Jackson's personal, mellow manner of presentation quickly made him one of WGBH's most popular personalities, interviewing and hosting live performances with a rich roster of talent from Wynton Marsalis to Ornette Coleman to Dizzy Gillespie.

In 2012 Eric Jackson received the Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award from JazzWeek, a recognition of his commitment to jazz, jazz radio, jazz education and generous service to the jazz community. Series release date: 1981



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Jazz Musicians
Jordan, Sheila, 1928-
Jackson, Eric
Jazz Radio Programs
Music Industry
Jordan, Sheila, 1928- (Interviewee)
Jackson, Eric (Interviewer)
Chicago: “Eric in The Evening; Sheila Jordan,” 10/02/1985, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_61455BC2036946F9AF93B59FDBCB4691.
MLA: “Eric in The Evening; Sheila Jordan.” 10/02/1985. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 27, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_61455BC2036946F9AF93B59FDBCB4691>.
APA: Eric in The Evening; Sheila Jordan. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_61455BC2036946F9AF93B59FDBCB4691
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