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Jordan and Brown to headline music season

Jazz singer Sheila Jordan and bassist Cameron Brown will appear at 8 p.m., Saturday, September 20, in the Watters Theater, Fine Arts Building. They will also present a jazz vocal and instrumental workshop earlier that day at noon in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall.

Sheila Jordan was born Sheila Jeanette Dawson in Detroit, Mich., and raised in Pennsylvania?s coal-mining country. By the time she reached her early teens, she was working professionally in Detroit clubs, where she was influenced by Charlie Parker and other instrumentalists.

Jordan was soon a member of a vocal trio, Skeeter, Mitch and Jean. It wasn?t until the early 1960s that she started recording under her own name. By the late 1970s, jazz audiences worldwide began to understand her style and vocal technique. Jordan?s trademarks include frequent and unexpected sweeping changes of pitch.

Brown, also a composer and educator, has anchored some of the most important groups of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He?s enjoyed special relationships with master drummers Art Blakey, Dannie Richmond, Philly Joe Jones, Idris Muhammad and Joe Chambers. Brown?s mission is also to nurture an interest and passion for jazz in young people. He appears on more than 80 recordings in collaboration with other artists or with his own ensemble, Cameron Brown and the Hear and Now.

Tickets for the concert will be $14 for the general public; $12 for seniors and BU faculty and staff; and $6 for students with a valid ID. Tickets are available from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at the Anderson Center Box Office, by calling 777-ARTS, visiting the website at and at the door.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08