Jordan Baskin is a Chicago jazz piano performer, teacher, composer, and bandleader. Baskin has been a fixture in the Chicago jazz scene since he graduated from Indiana University 2001 with his BM in Jazz Studies.
He has had many incredible performance experiences highlighted by a residency at the Kennedy Center, participation in the Banff International Jazz Workshop & Ravinia Festival, Steans Institute of Jazz,
performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Grant Park, Ravinia Festival, Symphony Center, NAMM, IAJE, Calgary Jazz Festival, the Kaslo Jazz Fest, & multiple tours
throughout the United States & Canada.
Jordan leads a jazz piano trio that performs regularly around Chicago and the midwest, and is the pianist in the Mike Smith Quartet performing Wednesday nights at Andy's Jazz Club in Chicago. Jordan also teaches private jazz piano lessons and performs at many private parties and weddings. Jordan's debut cd "High Card" with his Chicago jazz piano trio is available on cd baby.
Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich writes about Jordan Baskin:
Chicago seems to produce a disproportionate number of excellent jazz
pianists, and one of the more promising has launched a weekly
engagement at Andy's Jazz Club.
Though native Chicagoan Jordan Baskin has appeared
in rooms such as Andy's and SmokeDaddy for the past few years, his new
Tuesday after-work set seems likely to build a following for him.
The gentleness of his keyboard touch and the searching quality of his
chord choices point to a distinctive young artist.
On Tuesday night, Baskin led a finely honed trio
through a series of jazz standards and occasionally more exotic
fare. Through-out, the pianist emphasized musical substance over
flash, long-spun melody lines over virtuoso display.
If George Gershwin's songbook remains central to
practically every mainstream jazz pianist, few take on the blues aria
"My Man's Gone Now," from "Porgy and Bess." Baskin's version
proved poetic, the pianist transforming the piece into a kind of jazz
nocturne, complete with gorgeous ornaments in the right hand and lush
chordal support in the left. He was nimbly supported by bassist
Jake Vinsel and drummer Brian Ritter.------taken from the 1/17/08 Chicago Tribune