Sheila Jordan on keeping her day job
NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT…
MUSIC: Hum Drum Blues (Sheila Jordan)
CD: Portrait of Sheila
Blue Note Records 2005/1963
(“Life can be monotonous…”)
Sheila Jordan: I worked in an office from the time I left home, which was about almost 18. And I kept working in an office until I was 58 years old.
MUSIC: post for punctuation
NEA JAZZ MASTER SHEILA JORDAN HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO MUSIC. BUT FOR 40 YEARS, WHILE DEVELOPING HER CRAFT IN THIS UNPREDICTABLE BUSINESS, SHE KEPT A DAY JOB.
Sheila Jordan: I did that because I had a daughter to support and in the beginning I had myself to support. And I finally, I got the courage to stop and I said then I’ll dedicate myself to music. But all that time that I worked in an office, I always found a place to sing. By the time I got home and paid a babysitter, I didn’t make any money. But I didn’t do it for that. And I like young singers and young instrumentalists coming up to know that. You support the music until it can support you.
THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH VOCALIST SHEILA JORDAN WAS CREATED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.