JORDAN KLAPMAN BIOGRAPHY – 2013
Jordan Klapman is a professional music educator and performer. A versatile solo and ensemble pianist, accompanist, bandleader, music director, composer, arranger, vocal coach and recording producer, he has more than thirty years’ worth of experience performing many different genres of music, ranging from jazz standards of The American Popular Songbook and Broadway, to Latin, R&B, classic pop, and Jewish music of all kinds.
Jordan performs extensively at music festivals, jazz clubs, concert halls, and theatres throughout the Toronto area, across Canada, and internationally, and he’s performed as both a soloist and accompanist at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall for numerous performances of Seniors’ Jubilee, the largest talent showcase in North America. He’s also appeared at Koerner Hall and The Richard Bradshaw Theatre at the Canadian Opera Company, and nationally on CBC radio and television. Jordan also worked with the late Jeff Healey as a co-host of Healey’s My Kinda Jazz radio programme on JazzFM.
Mr. Klapman’s is a music educator and he currently presents several original popular music history lectures and lecture series throughout Toronto and beyond at universities, cultural centres, private residences, churches, synagogues, and schools. For more than a decade, he has lectured at venues ranging from Ryerson University’s LIFE Institute, to the Miles Nadal and Prosserman JCCs, to numerous community centres, and continuing education groups.
A partial list of Jordan’s extensive lecture series includes: The History of Tin Pan Alley and 20th Century Pop Music, Broadway’s Greatest Composers, The Great Jewish-American Songbook, The History of Jewish Jazz, Hollywood’s Oscar-winning Songs, The Story of The Brill Building, A Musical Tribute to Doc Pomus, The History of Stride Piano… and many more.
As a music producer, Jordan has released eight CD album recordings since 2004 including:
100 Years of Fats Waller (Jordan Klapman Jazz Band, 2004)
SHINE (Mick Lewis/Jordan Klapman Quartet, 2006)
Shul Days (The Yiddish Swingtet, co-producer, 2007)
Stranger (Donna Greenberg, 2009)
Mav’rik (Donna Greenberg, 2010)
The Music Of Mardi Gras (Concert for Haiti, 2010)
Song In The Wind (Donna Greenberg, 2012)
This Time (Warren James, 2013)
Jordan leads several of his own bands, performing and recording with many of Canada’s top award-winning jazz, cabaret, and pop musicians including Adi Braun, Judy Marshak, Sharon Smith, Donna Greenberg, Tony Quarrington, Tim Boyle, Warren James, Ken Whiteley, Heather Bambrick, Christopher Plock, Julie Michels, Henry Heillig, Tom Skublics, Glenn Anderson, Jon Seiger, and many others.