Born in Chicago in 1959, when he was six he started on piano and then switched at age eleven to guitar. His career took flight in the early 80s justly earning him headlines in the jazz world as he came up with a new way of playing guitar. Although not the first to use tapping, his broad proficiency gave him the talent to play two guitars at the same time or on one guitar play two completely independent lines, as if it were a keyboard.
He’s arguably the best two-hand guitar tapper of all time. Usually guitarists uses both hands to play a note, with one hand pressing down on a fret and the other hand either strumming or plucking the string. Jordan’s “touch technique” produces a note using only one finger by quickly tapping a finger down behind the appropriate fret. This causes the string to vibrate enough to sound the note.
Jordan plays reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations of pop-rock hits. He’s reinvented versions of hits like The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”, Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”, Michael Jackson’s “The Lady in My Life”, and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”. He can always be relied upon on to take listeners on a journey into the unexpected.