Kidd Jordan to join JazzPoetry Ensemble in New Orleans Debut

The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center will open its doors to the JazzPoetry Ensemble for their “We Are Not Going Away 2018 NOLA” show on June 6, 2018.

Kidd Jordan performs at Jazz Fest 2018. Photo by Noé Cugny

Kidd Jordan performs at Jazz Fest 2018. Photo by Noé Cugny

The Columbus-based group will be joined by saxophonist and New Orleans’ father figure of improvisational music, Edward Kidd Jordan. Jordan will be followed by a number of family members, including trumpeter Marlon Jordan, vocalist Stephanie Jordan and flautist Kent Jordan.

In line with the band’s strong political message, proceeds will go to the Kate Schulte Foundation, who commits to use them to “support arts that further the cause of equal rights and equal justice.”

“We are witnessing a systematic denigration and dismantling of hard-won rights of people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants and refugees, Muslims, the disabled, the poor, the environment, and on and on,” announced bandleader, trombonist and poet Michael Vander Does on Thursday. “Silence is not an option.”

The foundation has collaborated with Kidd and Marlon Jordan for several years, bringing the New Orleans father and son to Columbus on several occasion. This will be the first time the Columbus collaborators make the trip down south.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm on June 6 at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street in New Orleans. Tickets start at $20 and are available at