From the Promoter
Hal Leonard, the biggest editor of sheet music and music books in the world, has recently included Jordan Officer amongst the greats in Scott Yanow’s publication “The Great Jazz Guitarists, The Ultimate Guide.” Jordan is acclaimed for his virtuosity, unequaled sensitivity and sober elegance.
Musician, composer, singer and producer Jordan Officer has carved out his signature sound which is unmistakable whether he is backing up another singer or playing solo, and whether he is singing the blues, jazz, country, or rock’n’roll. And his live shows are unforgettable and mesmerizing, for his energy and originality, for his openness and for the tangible complicity between Jordan and his band members.
In 1997, Jordan Officer was a regular participant at Blues great Stephen Barry’s jam sessions, and it was here on stage that he met Susie Arioli. A solid bond was formed between the two musicians and the Susie Arioli Band featuring Jordan Officer was born. Discovered by the public during the 1998 Montreal International Jazz Festival, they won over fans and collected accolades during the next 12 years. More than 250,000 copies of their albums were sold. Besides composing originals for each of their albums, Jordan was also the producer of four of them.
In Spring 2010, Jordan released his first solo, self-titled, album, which earned him the Félix “Album of the year – Jazz Creation”. Four years later, Jordan released “I’m Free”, the fruit of 6 months of studying and experimentation in New York City. This album was acclaimed by critics and the public and the “I’m Free” show played 3 sold-out shows at the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival. In 2015, Jordan released “Blue Skies”, an eloquent insight into Jordan’s musical roots, born of a month’s immersion in the musical energy of California’s west coast, and infused with the classic Jordan Officer sound. Then “Blue Skies” went on tour in Canada and Europe, a hugely successful show conceived with input from stage director Brigitte Haentjens.