Photos: Celebrating Sheila Jordan’s 90th Birthday!
Words can’t describe how amazing last weekend was! My heart was full as soon as Sheila Jordan arrived in Boston. Getting to hang out with her, rehearse, and accompany her for her vocal workshop was an unparalleled experience.
Performing two sold-out shows with Sheila at The Mad Monkfish was a musical experience I will remember for the rest of my life. Playing with Sheila is a form of music education that has almost become non-existent. It’s how she learned jazz and how all the legends learned: by apprenticeship. You can spend countless hours practicing exercises out of books, taking private lessons, transcribing and memorizing solos, or even attending any of the top music education institutions, but there’s no learning experience that compares with being thrown into the water with a true legend of this music and having to learn to float on your own. Sheila makes it easy with her genius, but the best part is she makes you feel so good, as though you were the reason the music came together so well when we all know it was her!
Thank you Jamme Chantler and The Mad Monkfish for making it all possible! Thank you to Brad Barrett and Scott Goulding for your great playing and for sharing the musical experience! Thanks to the wonderful audiences that packed the house for both shows and showed us your LOVE!
Most of all thank you to Sheila Jordan for being the amazing human and musician you are, and for reinforcing my choice to dedicate my life to this music! We are all lucky just to be alive at the same time as Sheila, but to experience what I did is nothing short of a blessing. I love you Sheila and feel so grateful to have had this opportunity. I told you words can’t express it, but I tried. Jazz is a feeling and the feeling just got stronger and left me with the same positive attitude that Sheila exudes with every breath she takes!
Photos by Janice Tsai