Double bassist Jordan Morton, 23, grew up in Syracuse NY, with strong family ties in central Maine. After beginning on violin at age 7, she was haphazardly drawn to the double bass in her teens, and entered the Ithaca College School of Music in 2008 under the diverse instruction of Nicholas Walker. She has attended the Domaine Forget Institute of Music and Dance (’10, ’11) Colorado College Summer Music Academy (’10) the Wabass Institute (’12) and spent one semester on exchange at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands (Fall ‘11).
After graduating from Ithaca College (’12), she spent the following year studying privately with double bass virtuoso François Rabbath in Paris, France at the International Rabbath Institute Paris (IRIP). Her studies were supported by the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, via le Fondation des Etats-Unis. While in Paris, she also became involved in the fantastical world of free improvisation, with the encouragement and influence of the fierce double bassist Joëlle Léandre, and began to write and perform in earnest as a soloist.
Jordan received her teaching certificate from the IRIP in May 2013 and returned to the States in June. She was a teaching artist at the Wabass Workshop in Philadelphia, and is currently teaching double bass at Cornell University and the Opus School of Music in Ithaca, NY. She is also in the process of recording a full-length album of original pieces for voice and double bass. Jordan performs with the NYC-based klezmer-folk-jazz-mash-up group Ljova and the Kontraband, as a solo artist, and with a wide variety of projects in an unpredictable array of genres and venues.