Jordan Rose is a known as a “chameleon drummer” because of his ability to adapt to different musical genres and play authentically and tastefully in styles ranging from Jazz and all it’s colors, to Rock N’ Roll, Funk, Blues, Reggae, Bluegrass, Country, R&B, Classical, Latin, and more. Jordan was born and raised in Houston, TX, but after graduating high school has lived in the islands of Hawaii, at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, and is now living in Boston, MA with a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where he will graduate in August 2012.
He has studied with some of the greatest teachers in the world, including Neal Smith, Ralph Peterson, Kenwood Dennard, Kim Plainfield, Joel Fulgham, Stanton Moore, Herlin Riley, Kendrick “Oracle” Scott, Rick Latham, Rob Perkins, Terreon Gully, Sebastian Whittaker, Jay Lawrence, Joel Stevenett, Clarence Penn, Ed Soph, and others.
Jordan’s talents have given him the opportunity to collaborate with phenomenal musicians of all different genres. Among these musicians are: New York trumpet great Tim Hagans; Sunnyside recording artist, saxophonist and vocalist, David Caceres; sax legend, Don Menza (Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Elvin Jones), who considers Jordan to be “a special drummer”; trumpet great, Darren Barrett (Elvin Jones, RH Factor); vocalist, Kudisan Kai (Elton John); guitar legend, Tariqh Akoni (Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Josh Groban); trombonist, Jeff Galindo (Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Esperanza Spalding); bassist, Lenny Bradford (Joe Lewis Walker); sax great, Bob Gay (David Bowie); and hundreds of other professional musicians.
Jordan has performed in many places throughout the United States and Scandinavia. In 2010 Jordan toured Denmark and Norway with Synthesis, Brigham Young University’s premier jazz ensemble, playing at the Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Kongsberg Jazz Festivals. Also in that year, Jordan was given the awards of “best college drummer” and “best college musician” at the San Francisco Youth Band Traditional Jazz Festival. Since moving to Boston in early 2011 he has had the opportunity to collaborate with musicians from all over the world performing at venues such as The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, The Berklee Performance Center, Wally’s Jazz Café and more. This summer Jordan will travel with Vanessa Collier and the Berklee College All-Stars to Kauai, Hawaii for a two-week residency where they will record, perform and represent Berklee at the Red Rock Jazz Festival.
From 2007-2010 Jordan fought a battle with a benign tumor in his right ear, which caused him to lose almost all hearing in that ear. Thanks to modern medicine and a miracle he can again hear in that ear. From this three-year period of trial and uncertainty Jordan gained a deeper love and appreciation for music and an understanding of the power that music has to change lives. Jordan hopes to inspire people with his uplifting groove of music and of life and plans to keep this Texas sized groove going until the day he dies!