Joe Jordan  (1882-1971)
Last updated: 02.10.17
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 (Fats) 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.

Websites :
url15.gif Joe Jordan Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  

Further sheet music at DBE: ON HOLD
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Ragtime Music CDs:
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cd15.gif Sydney Bechet on "Les Oignons" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Eubie Blake on "Golden Reunion in Ragtime" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Eubie Blake on "That's Ragtime!" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Dave Dallwitz on "Hooked on Ragtime - Vol. II" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Bob Darch on "Reunion in Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Elite Syncopators on "American Sampler Rag" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Meg Graf on "Eatin' Time -- A Ragtime Feast" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Johnny Maddox on "Back Home in Tennessee" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Black Secular Vocal Groups Vol. 1: The Twenties (1923-1929)" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime to Jazz: Vol. 2: 1916-1922" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "The Traditional Jazz Ragtime Collection" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra on "New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Reginald R. Robinson on "Euphonic Sounds" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Adam Swanson on "Chestnut St. in the 90s" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Charles Thompson on "The Neglected Professor" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Craig Ventresco on "The Past Is Yet To Come" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Terry Waldo on "Ragtime Classics Vol. 1" flag15us.gif
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DBE739 Double Fudge (1902) - Ragtime Two Step
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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
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DBE738C Nappy Lee (1903) - A Slow Drag
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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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sm15.gif I Think An Awful Lot Of You (1907) A(T)/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif J.J.J. Rag (1905) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Nappy Lee (1903) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Nappy Lee (1903) A/T/B dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif That Teasin' Rag (1909) T(A)/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 80 works by Joe Jordan (1882-1971). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

The Century March (1902)
Uncle Sam, We Hear You Calling (1917)
Double Fudge (1902) wvicon.gif
The Whippoorwill Dance (1921 ca.)
Nappy Lee (1903) wvicon.gif
Brother-In-Law Dan (1922)
Bouclaire (1904)
Morocco Blues (1922)
Co-Author: C. Williams
Ma Friend (1904)
Twenty Miles From Mandalay (1922)
Pekin Rag (1904) wvicon.gif
Coolidge and Dawes (1924)
Satisfaction to Me (1904) wvicon.gif
Words by: S. H. Dudley
Beautiful (1926)
Take Your Time (1904)
Midnight Stomp (1926)
J.J.J. Rag (1905) wvicon.gif
Tampico (1926)
Oh Baby Don't (1905)
What's the Matter Now? (1926)
Oh Say, Wouldn't It Be a Dream (1905)
Co-Author: Earl C. Jones
Any Time (1927)
Co-Author: C. Williams
Feather Your Nest (1906)
Hop Off (1927)
I'm Going to Exit (1906) wvicon.gif
Words by: Arthur Gillespie
Deep Harlem (1928)
Sweetie Dear (1906) wvicon.gif
Betty Love (1930)
I Think An Awful Lot Of You (1907) wvicon.gif
So Lonesome (1931)
Oh, Mr. M-A-N M-A-N M-A-N! (1907)
With Her Eyes (1932)
Tail of the Monkey & the Snake (1907)
Shag (1932 ca.)
You, Dear (1907)
Do You Dig Jim (1939)
Dixie Land (1908)
I Want to Sing About You (1940)
Liza Lady (1908)
Remembered (1940)
Oh, Liza Lady (1908)
The Temple of Music (1940)
Rise and Shine (1908)
Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1941)
Salome Dance (1908)
Give Us a Song (1942)
That Teasin' Rag (1909) wvicon.gif
When We March We Can Sing (1942)
That Teasin' Rag - Song (1909) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Jordan
It Won't Be Long (1945)
The Darkey Todalo (1910) wvicon.gif
Dear Lincoln (1947)
Lovie Joe (1910) wvicon.gif
Words by: W.M. Cook
Lovely (1953)
Loving Time (1910)
Welcome Home (1953)
Play Dat Darkey Tolado (1910) wvicon.gif
Lonely Nights (1956)
That Raggedy Rag (1910)
Look What You've Done (1957)
Dat's Ma Honey Sho's Yo' Born (1912)
Love Just Go Away (1961)
He's Coming Back! (1912)
Until (1961)
Tango (1912) wvicon.gif
Whassamatta Witcha Baby (1961)
Good-Bye, Dear Old Moon (1913)
Whispering Wing (1961)
Love Is a Wonderful Thing (1913)
U-G-N Song (1962)
Corsica Rag (1913 ca.)
When in Love (1962)
I Am Waiting For You, Honey Dear (1914)
Washington, State of Opportunity (1963)
Happiness (1917)
Step Up the Job, Corps (1965)
Huachuea (1917)
One Hundred Years of Progress (1969)
Original Dixieland One Step (1917)
Love Is in the Air (1970)