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Kidd Jordan

Kidd Jordan

“I want my students to do more than just play what I give them. I try to give them concepts by which they can bring something out of themselves.”

In July of 2000, at the age of 65, Edward “Kidd” Jordan took a group of student musicians from the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, which he helped establish, to New York City for a live appearance on the NBC Today show. These students were just a few of the thousands that Kidd has coached in the art of music.

New Orleans is fortunate to have such a dedicated teacher as Kidd Jordan. After all, Kidd is the heartbeat of many local music programs. In fact for the last 35 years he’s been at the helm of the famed music program at Southern University.

Known worldwide as a master of music, Kidd’s passion has taken him around the globe and onstage with stars such as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder, just to name a few. His musical genius has been demonstrated at jazz festivals in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Africa and of course…right here in good ole Nawlins’.

What inspires Kidd? A passion to improve…to keep getting better. “I do what I can do and next week, I know that I’m going to do it just a little bit better.”

With Kidd Jordan and his students actively redefining the face of music in New Orleans, Kidd goes beyond the role of accomplished musician, teacher and role model. He is a legend. We are proud to honor Kidd Jordan as your game five Tenet Choices Champion.