Kim Jordan Biography
Kim, an extraordinarily gifted artist, keyboardist, producer, composer, arranger, vocal coach and promoter received her BA in music from Howard University. Upon graduation, Kim was immediately hired by and subsequently became musical director for jazz poet and legend, Gil Scott Heron, touring the world with him for over 30 years until his death in 2011. She received international acclaim for her live performances from such publications as The London Guardian, The San Francisco Examiner, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Vibe and Billboard Magazines.
Kim has over 30 years of experience in the music industry and is a trailblazer for the musical genre “Gospel Jazz.” As the first signed artist with the Washington D.C.-based record company, ProSounity Music Entertainment Label, she has released three CD projects, All For You, Full Circle, and Uncommon.
Kim’s phenomenal career to date includes her keyboard work on Broadway with Taj Mahal in the Zora Neale Hurston’s production, “MULE BONE,” where she also assisted in the recording of the “MULE BONE” sound track. She performed with him on several shows including the White House performance for President Bill Clinton saluting the anniversary of National Public Radio. She has performed with such notable artist as Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Brenda Russell, Teri Lynn Carrington, Regina Carter, Common, Noel Pointer, Dave Valentine, Lonnie Liston Smith, Vanessa Williams, Meshell Ndegeocello, just to name a few. Her Jazz performances have included the Jackie Robinson Jazz Festival; NYC Seaport Jazz Concert Series; The Congressional Black Caucus’ Salute to Women in Jazz; The Women in Jazz Series’ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc. Theatre in Dallas, TX; The Detroit Opera House; Syracuse Jazz Festival; and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Dianne Reeves, Kevin Eubanks, Gerry Gonzales Billy Childs, Regina Carter and numerous others have performed her musical compositions and arrangements. Her music has been played on TV shows such as “All My Children,” the “CBS Morning Show” and used as theme songs for several cable channels.
She scored the music for the Showtime Cable Network’s Young Black Film Makers Movie “Rain.” She has served as a Music Conductor for the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Ensemble and has served numerous years as the National Music Director for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has worked as a Musical Director for various shows at the Washington Convention Center, the Baltimore Convention Center, Camden Yards, and many other national venues. She has worked as musical director, composer, producer, arranger and/or vocal coach for a number of award-winning recording artists and labels, including Gil Scott Heron on XL Records, Pure Soul and Mya on Interscope Records, Dru Hill on Island Black Music, and Terri Dexter on Warner Brothers Records. She has also co- written and produced several projects for her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Kim, a former music teacher for the Washington, D.C. public school system, has received numerous awards including the prestigious ASCAP Music Award for composing and producing a top ten song on the Billboard’s charts, “We Must Be In Love,” recorded by the group Pure Soul. She also received the Urban Gospel Alliance and Urban Gospel Industry Awards for Female Artist and Producer of the year in the gospel-jazz category.
On September 30, 2001, Kim was ordained as a Minster of the Gospel at Crossover Church in Hyattsville, MD, where she continues to serve as Minister of Arts and Community Worship. In December of 2008, Kim received her Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University and is pursuing a Doctorial Degree fusing Theology and Jazz.
Currently, she is working on her untitled fourth project, producing other artists, and promoting her “Tribute to Gil – A Multimedia Exposé,” which features video footage, audio clips and some of Gil’s most prolific songs as told from Kim’s unique perspective as his longtime musical director and friend.
Kim continues to perform with her band “Uncommon” and remains a much sought after Artist, Producer, Musician, Arranger, Director, Vocal Coach, Preacher, Teacher and Facilitator for Churches, Record Labels, Artists, Choirs, Conferences, Seminars and Workshops.
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