Award winning guitarist Jordan Taylor was born in Pensacola, Florida. At the age of 1 his family moved to Ghana, West Africa to be missionaries to the Ghanaian people. While in Ghana, Jordan’s love for music grew as he began studies in piano at the age of 10. At 15 he was teaching himself guitar on his dad’s steel string. In 2006, Jordan and his family moved to Houston, TX where, in January of 2009, he started his classical guitar studies with internationally acclaimed guitarist Valerie Hartzell.
He has performed in master classes or had private lessons with such names as David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Jason Vieaux, Adam Holzman, Ana Vidovic and Pepe Romero among others. Jordan is a four time prize winner of the Classical Minds International Guitar Institute and Competition as well as prize winner at The Music Academy of North Carolina Guitar Festival and Competition and the University of Southern Mississippi Guitar Competition and finalist at the Southern Guitar Festival International Guitar Competition. Jordan received his Bachelor’s of Music Performance and minor in Audio Technology from Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music under the direction of international guitar pedagogue Andrew Zohn and Matthew McCabe respectively. Jordan is currently pursuing his Masters in Music Performance with Dr. Stephen Mattingly at the University of Louisville with a full teaching assistantship.
In 2014 Jordan release his debut album “Sketches”. Recorded in the beautiful Legacy Hall, this album includes works by Weiss, Bach, Bennett, Legnani, and the title composition “Sketches of a Memory” for guitar and electronics by Jordan.
Along with an active performance schedule Jordan is involved in the recording industry. He is co-owner of OheneRecordings along with friend and partner Antonio Allen. Jordan was tracking engineer of the CSU trombone ensemble recording “A Beautiful Noise” released in 2014 through Summit Records. This album was a three-year long project that featured guest soloists such as Charlie Vernon, James Markey, and Joseph Alessi among others. Most recently Jordan was the mixing engineer for the new album by internationally acclaimed pop guitarist Justin Miller under Sony Record Label.
His first international appearance was in 2010 Madrid, Spain where he was a featured soloist in a six concert tour through Madrid. This included performances in Madrids Ateneo theater, Calatravas Cathedral, and the Nicolas Salmerón Culture Center. This tour was sponsored by the 2010 ChamberArt Music Festival.
Recently Jordan was award the Roberson Fund for International Studies in Africa from the University of Louisville to travel to Ghana to develop the platform for a collaborative music festival between the United States and Ghana. This festival would not only promote artistic developement in Ghana’s youth but would also be the first collaboration in music the two countries have ever had.
The current season takes Jordan through the United States, Europe, and Africa.