Joe Jordan  (1882-1971)
Last updated: 03.11.18
According to the Internet source given below, Joe Jordan was an Afro-American composer/pianist born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied music at the Lincoln Institute (now Lincoln University) in Jefferson City, Missouri before going on at the turn of the century to play piano in St. Louis with Louis Chauvin and Sam Patterson under the guidance of Thomas Million Turpin .
In 1902 he wrote the score for "Rufus Rastus", a play starring Ernest Hogan and then in 1903 was the stage and musical director of "Dandy Coon" written by Patterson and Chauvin. In Chicago he wrote the Pekin Rag which was dedicated to Bob Mott's Pekin Theater
In 1905, Jordan went to New York to work with Ernest Hogan who wanted to organise an all-African-American ragtime orchestra, "The MemphisStudents" together with James Reese Europe . The "Memphis Students" contained both string instruments like the banjo, mandolin, and guitar, and brassband instruments like the trumpet and saxophone was a "playing-singing-dancing" orchestra" which toured Paris, London, and Berlin under the leadership of Will Marion Cook in 1905.
He assumed the duties of musical director and orchestra leader for the Pekin in 1906 and wrote the theatre's first stage production, "The Man From Bam", with a book by Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles. Jordan's band at the Pekin consisted of 16 musicians, the majority of whom were from minstrel show backgrounds.They remained the house band for the theatre's comedies and vaudeville shows until 1909, with Jordan writing the music for most of their productions.
In 1911, Jordan visited Germany with King and Bailey's Chocolate Drops. He also toured the English music halls, and between 1911 and 1913, he was back at the Pekin as musical director. He joined Will Marion Cook again in 1918, this time as financial manager and assistant director of Cook's New York SyncopatedOrchestra.
In 1928 he conducted " Keep Shufflin", a musical featuring stride pianist James Price Johnson and Thomas Waller . Jordan was also a band leader who travelled and recorded with his group Ten Sharps and Flats. In the thirties, he directed WPA orchestras, and as a part of the week-long ASCAP Silver Jubilee Festival held inCarnegie Hall in 1939, he directed a symphony orchestra of 75 players and a 350-voice chorus. They opened the concert with Rosamond and James Weldon Johnson's rousing anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing. During World War II, Jordan organised army bands and USO groups. Later in his career, he wrote songs with W. C. Handy and conducted the orchestra for Orson Welles's production of Macbeth.

 
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DBE739 Double Fudge (1902) - Ragtime Two Step
A/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2¼ mins.
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DBE739B Double Fudge (1902) - Ragtime Two Step
A/B, approx. 2¼ mins. .
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DBE736 I Think An Awful Lot Of You (1907) - Song
A(T)/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
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DBE737 J.J.J. Rag (1905) - Three J Rag
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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DBE738 Nappy Lee (1903) - A Slow Drag
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
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DBE738C Nappy Lee (1903) - A Slow Drag
A/T/B, approx. 3¼ mins.
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DBE740 That Teasin' Rag (1909) - Rag Two Step
T(A)/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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 DBE740C That Teasin' Rag (1909) - Rag Two Step
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 81 works by Joe Jordan (1882-1971). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Electronic Resource Items
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
The Century March 1902
Double Fudge (1902) 1902  wvicon.gif
Nappy Lee (1903) 1903  wvicon.gif
Bouclaire 1904
Ma Friend 1904
Pekin Rag 1904  wvicon.gif
Satisfaction to Me 1904 S. H. Dudley  wvicon.gif
Take Your Time 1904
J.J.J. Rag (1905) 1905  wvicon.gif
Oh Baby Don't 1905
Oh Say, Wouldn't It Be a Dream 1905 Earl C. Jones
Feather Your Nest 1906
I'm Going to Exit 1906 Arthur Gillespie  wvicon.gif
Sweetie Dear 1906  wvicon.gif
I Think An Awful Lot Of You (1907) 1907  wvicon.gif
Oh, Mr. M-A-N M-A-N M-A-N! 1907
Tail of the Monkey & the Snake 1907
Take Your Time 1907 Harrison Stewart  wvicon.gif
You, Dear 1907
Dixie Land 1908
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Liza Lady 1908
Oh, Liza Lady 1908
Rise and Shine 1908
Salome Dance 1908
That Teasin' Rag (1909) 1909  wvicon.gif
That Teasin' Rag - Song 1909 Words & Music by Jordan  wvicon.gif
The Darkey Todalo 1910  wvicon.gif
Lovie Joe 1910 W.M. Cook  wvicon.gif
Loving Time 1910
Play Dat Darkey Tolado 1910  wvicon.gif
That Raggedy Rag 1910
Dat's Ma Honey Sho's Yo' Born 1912
He's Coming Back! 1912
Tango 1912  wvicon.gif
Good-Bye, Dear Old Moon 1913
Love Is a Wonderful Thing 1913
Corsica Rag 1913 ca.
I Am Waiting For You, Honey Dear 1914
Happiness 1917
Huachuea 1917
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Original Dixieland One Step 1917
Uncle Sam, We Hear You Calling 1917
The Whippoorwill Dance 1921 ca.
Brother-In-Law Dan 1922
Morocco Blues 1922 C. Williams
Twenty Miles From Mandalay 1922
Coolidge and Dawes 1924
Beautiful 1926
Midnight Stomp 1926
Tampico 1926
What's the Matter Now? 1926
Any Time 1927 C. Williams
Hop Off 1927
Deep Harlem 1928
Betty Love 1930
So Lonesome 1931
With Her Eyes 1932
Shag 1932 ca.
Do You Dig Jim 1939
I Want to Sing About You 1940
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Remembered 1940
The Temple of Music 1940
Paul Lawrence Dunbar 1941
Give Us a Song 1942
When We March We Can Sing 1942
It Won't Be Long 1945
Dear Lincoln 1947
Lovely 1953
Welcome Home 1953
Lonely Nights 1956
Look What You've Done 1957
Love Just Go Away 1961
Until 1961
Whassamatta Witcha Baby 1961
Whispering Wing 1961
U-G-N Song 1962
When in Love 1962
Washington, State of Opportunity 1963
Step Up the Job, Corps 1965
One Hundred Years of Progress 1969
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Love Is in the Air 1970
     Title Dur Composer Performer Score/Song
           
youtube15.jpg Double Fudge 1:58 J. Jordan  Ragtime Dorian Henry Double Fudge (1902)
youtube15.jpg J.J.J. Rag 2:28 J. Jordan  Ragtime Dorian Henry J.J.J. Rag (1905)
youtube15.jpg Nappy Lee 3:35 J. Jordan  Ragtime Dorian Henry Nappy Lee (1903)
youtube15.jpg Pekin Rag 2:29 J. Jordan  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg That Teasin' Rag 2:55 J. Jordan  Ragtime Dorian Henry That Teasin' Rag (1909)