Jordan said there are two things that fuel his life: music and love. When he teaches, writes and plays music these two things join forces. Jordan has written many pop songs, classical, new age and jazz tunes, 3 musicals for children, and the opera: "A Better Way", with libretto by Joseph P. Lanzone. He is also the composer/lyricist of The Red Ribbon Theme Song: “Hands Across The Universe”, which has been learned and performed by over 15,000 students K–12 in New York State in the past 20 years. His original Singles, released in 2017, are "Eclipse", "Amp Up", and "Neon" and original solo instrumental CDs include "Think Lovely Thoughts" (2007), “My Provincetown" (2006), "World Trade Center Suite" (2002 and 2017), "Symmetry", "Pictures Of Me", and "Red Ribbon Collection".
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Jazz is the musical genre that best describes my music, although I also compose Classical, Electronica, Pop, Rock, Dance, Country, and Ambient. My sound leans Smooth Jazz or Cool Jazz, with the accent on my forte, piano and keyboard.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Well, my parents named me Jordan Elliot Spivack, choosing Elliot in case I wanted to drop my last name, leaving Jordan Elliot for when I became famous (yes, they already thought that through when I was born). But I'm proud of the name Spivack, which in Russian means "songbird" or "singer of songs".
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Musical Influences are many and varied: Aaron Copland, Laura Nyro, Leonard Bernstein, Joni Mitchell, Sergei Prokofiev, James Taylor, Claude Debussy, Pat Metheny, Joe Sample, Herbie Hancock, Frederic Chopin, Samuel Barber, Bela Bartok, Michael McDonald.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am composing several new solo piano pieces, and a few new fully arranged jazz pieces. I recently finished collaborations with U.K. singer Rose Finn on my song "Wherever You Go", with U.S. guitarist Marc Christensen on my instrumental "Song Of Uncertainty", and with U.S. singer Christine McHoes on my song "Lucky Day". More collaborations are in the works.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Ultimate Goal: to have my music heard by as many people as possible, to have a best-selling song and album, to be known and respected in the Music Industry. Currently I am the #1 Jazz Artist on ReverbNation, and several of my jazz instrumentals are in regular rotation on OutboundMusic- Gravity Radio and Radio Avenue, where I am a Featured Artist. I plan to continue to expand my social media contacts and followers, reach out further through radio airplay, streaming and downloading, and get more exposure for my music through TV and movie soundtracks.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Actually there are two favorites, both solo piano pieces: "Cherry Blossoms", a mix of classical and jazz, which shows my unique delicate and emotional touch and composing skills, and "A Jazzy Summer Afternoon", which showcases my fun side, power and technique in the jazz idiom. These are always crowd favorites.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Just getting my music heard, breaking through the walls the industry puts up, making a name for myself.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Sometimes I hear a melody in my head, or wake up with an entire musical idea almost fully formed. But most of the time I work at the piano or keyboard, getting a chord progression or some musical idea that feels good in my hands, and expanding on that over a period of days or weeks. When I work with my 16 track studio I choose a few sounds and start layering tracks, or sometimes create a cool rhythm track that then sparks my creativity.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Twitter and Facebook have become essential career tools. There was no "social media" when I first started down the path of a music career.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Still like listening to Linda Ronstadt: "You're No Good" and "Hurts So Bad", Michael McDonald: "You Belong To Me', "Real Love", and "I Keep Forgettin'", Herbie Hancock: "Head Hunters" LP, Pat Metheny: just about anything, and Creedence Clearwater Revival and Led Zeppelin. And wouldn't want to leave out Justin Timberlake and Ariana Grande!
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
It started early for me, 5 years old, and it hasn't stopped since.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Learn your craft, be open to criticism, learn the business side, try performing live only when you're ready, be prepared for rejection, stay positive, never lose hope!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would look for musicians/artists who are unique - release music that is ahead of its time, not cookie-cutter - look to change what is already happening - give more young people a chance, but older people, too.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I'm all about originality - I compose the music, write the lyrics, arrange, produce all my own material, and perform most of my own music. I'm always listening on the radio for the new artists with something unique to say, to touch me in the heart and the ears.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I love photography, and I'm good at framing a shot, capturing the light and the colors. I have a huge collection of 45's. Love to go to a live concert of classical music, with a full orchestra. Love the leaves turning in Fall and the flowers blooming in the Spring. I'm married to the love of my life - we've been together for over 39 years.
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