|“This music saved my life in more ways than one, and continues to save my life,’’ Sheila Jordan says of her jazz career. (ED COHEN)|
Ahead of her time, and better with age
Jordan, 82, is a bebop-era standout
On the verge of her 83rd birthday, jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan sounds like a woman half her age. She’s come through just about everything that life can throw at you: grinding rural poverty, thuggish police who harassed her for hanging out with black men, decades of scuffling for gigs in obscurity, and her own alcohol-driven demons. The newly minted NEA Jazz Master reunites with long-time creative partner pianist Steve Kuhn for a duo performance Thursday at the Regattabar.