Jordan McLean is a New York City-based composer, arranger, bandleader, trumpeter, producer and educator. McLean has been active in the professional music world since 1992, having performed, recorded and collaborated with a multitude of musicians, ensembles, and performance organizations in studios, and at festivals, and concert halls around the world. He was raised in Hell's Kitchen on the west side of Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn with his wife @lemondeur & their dog Rita Loup.

He co-founded System Dialing Records in 2010 with Amir Ziv.

photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

Jordan McLean
Curriculum Vitae


M.A., Studio Composition, 2020 Outstanding Graduate Award for Music and Technology, SUNY Purchase, 2018-2020, Purchase, NY

B.A., Composition, summa cum laude, SUNY Purchase, 2003-2006, Purchase, NY

Orchestration Studies, Juilliard Evening Division, 1999, New York, NY

Jazz Trumpet Performance, Mannes College of Music, 1992-1995, New York, NY

Pre-College, Manhattan School of Music, 1991-1992, New York, NY


2019-2020    Conductor: Nat Geo Television’s Brain Games, NY

2014         Film Score Composer: The Great Accountant, Nominated Best Score, Tampa Bay             International Film Festival

2012        Soundtrack, Sleepwalk With Me, featured composition “Handbasket” by Fire Of Space

2010-present    Co-founder, Producer: System Dialing Records, Kerhonkson, NY

2008-2015    Associate Music Director, Composer, Arranger, trumpeter: FELA! The Musical, NY,         National/International, Nominated Best Musical, Best Score, 2011 Tony Awards


2020-present    Founder, Host, Music Director: Continuous Gratitude, Brooklyn Bowl, NY

2019-present   Consultant: Fotografiska New York, NY

2019        Music Director: Because Jewish High Holidays, NY

2019        Founder, Music Director: Jordan McLean’s Musical Resistance, NY

2018-present    trumpeter: Michael Leonhart Orchestra, NY

2017-2018    trumpeter, arranger: Jovanotti, Italy

2016-present    Co-founder, trumpeter: Armo, NY

2016-2017    Producer, host: Making Music, WBAI 99.5 FM, NY

2015-present    Co-founder, singer, trumpeter: Directors, NY

2015-2017    Deputy Director: Make Music New York, NY

2014-present    trumpeter: The Complete Last Waltz, San Francisco, New York

2011-2013    Music Director, bandleader: Altmarea Restaurant Group, NY

2010-present    trumpeter: Hank-O-Rama, A Tribute To Hank Williams, NY

2006-2007    Adjunct Professor: SUNY Purchase, Purchase NY

2006        Teaching Scholar: Arts Bridge America, SUNY Purchase Purchase, NY

2004-present    trumpeter, Sway Machinery, New York, National/International

2001-present    trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader: Piano Music & Song Trio, NY

1999-2009    trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader: Fire Of Space, New York, NY

1998-2013    trumpeter, co-leader: DROID, New York, NY

1998-present     trumpeter, composer: Antibalas, New York, National/International

1996- 2010     Visiting Artist, Project Coordinator: Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP), New York, NY

1992-present    freelance trumpet artist: New York, National/International


2020    Bandleader: Film Screening “Show Me The Picture” Fotografiska New York, NY February 15

2019    Bandleader: Opening Night Fotografiska New York, NY December 14

    Performer: “Respect To Aretha” London, Paris September 10 & 12

2017     Performer: “Music of Billie Holiday” Apollo Theatre, NY, NY May 16.

    Performer: “Music of Aretha Franklin” Carnegie Hall, NY, NY March 6.

2015    Performer: “Tribute to Bill Withers,” Carnegie Hall, NY, NY October 2.

    Moderator: “Lincoln Center Archives, Red Hot and Riot” New York, NY, February, April

2014    Performer : “Charles Bradley” Australia, New Zealand, March-May

2013    Performer : “Music of Paul Simon” Carnegie Hall, NY, NY March 31


2020    Global Arts Live Crashfest, House of Blues, February 22

    Winter Jazz Fest, Brooklyn Bowl, Jan 12

2019    NuBlu Jazz Fest, New York November 9

    Festival Au Grès du Jazz, La Petite Pierre, FR August 10

    Festival Chausse Tes Tongs, Trévou-Tréguignec August 9

    Rock on the L’Oule, La Motte-Chalançon, FR August 7
    Tempo Latino, Vic-Fezensac, FR July 27

    Festival Músicas do Mundo, Sines, Portugal July 26

    Okarina Festival, Bled, Slovenia July 25

    Pori Jazz Festival, Pori Finland July 19

2018    Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI July 27-29

2017    Central Park Summer Stage, NY, NY. August 27

    Edmonton Folk Festival, Edmonton, Canada. August 12

2014     Montreux Festival, Montreux, Switzerland. July 14

    North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands.July 13

    Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy. July 11

    Nice Jazz Festival, Nice, France. July 10

    Jazz a Vienne, Vienne, France. July 5

    Les Eurockeenes, Belfort, France. July 4

    Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium. July 2

    Jazz Fest Wien. Stadthuis, Vienna, Austria. July 1

    La Defense Jazz Festival, Paris, France. June 29

    Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, England. June 28

2013    Jewish Film Festival. Mexico City, Mexico. October 5

2012    Festival Abril Pro Rock, Recife, Brazil. April 22
    Festival des Libertés. Brussels, Belgium. October 27

    Austin City Limits Festival. Austin, TX. October 14
    Montreal Jazz Festival. Montreal, Quebec. June 30
2011    JVC Jazz Festival “Questlove’s Afro-Picks.” Paris, France. September 11

    Jewish Culture Festival. Krakow, Poland. June 29, July 2

    TransAtlantic Festival. Miami, FL. April 27

2010    Festival Au Desert. Timbuktu, Mali, January 7

2009    Barbican Centre. London, England. July 25

    Pachanga Latin Music Festival. Austin, TX. May 29

    Tibet House Benefit. Carnegie Hall, New York, NY. February 6

2008    WOMAD Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. Nov. 7

2007    WOMAD Festival, Reading, England. July 29

    South by Southwest, Austin, TX. March 17-20

2006    TIM Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Oct 27

    TIM Festival, São Paulo, Brazil. Oct 28
    MuseumsInselfestival: Heimatklange, Berlin, Germany. August 4-8

2005    Festival Jazz Onze+, Lausanne, Switzerland. October 28

    Celebrate Brooklyn. Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, NY. June 24

2004    Banlieu Bleues Festival. Stains, France

2003    WOMEX World Music Expo, Sevilla, Spain. October 23

    Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, TN. June 13-15

2002    Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA. September 1

    Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI. August 11

    Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland. July 18
    Istanbul Jazz Festival, Istanbul, Turkey. July 11-12

    Quart Festival. Kristiansand, Norway. July 2

    duMaurier International Jazz Festival. Vancouver, Canada. June 26

2001    Africa Roots and Shoots Festival. Barbican Centre. London, England


2018    “The Today Show.” (with Lady Antebellum). NBC. July 6

2017    “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” (with Zeshan B). CBS. August 11

    “CBS This Morning”. (with Valerie June). CBS. February 4

2016    “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” (with Steven Tyler). NBC. August 6

    “The Today Show.” (with Steven Tyler). NBC. June 24

2014    “Global Citizen Concert.” (with the Roots). MSNBC. September 27

2013    “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” (with Jim James, Brittney Howard, Merrill Garbus and the Roots). October 11

    “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” (with Iron and Wine) NBC May 12

    “Late Night with Conan O’ Brien” (with Iron and Wine) TBS May 8

    “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” (with Antibalas) ABC. January 31

2012    “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” (with Antibalas) NBC. August 23

    “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” (with Alabama Shakes) ABC. August 14

2009    “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” (with Paul Simon) NBC August 23

    “Saturday Night Live.” (with TV on the Radio) NBC February 9

2007    “White Lies, Black Sheep.” (with Antibalas). Feature film by James Spooner


2020    Starstruck “Starstruck” System Dialing

    Antibalas “Fu Chronicles” Daptone

2019    The Hold Steady “Thrashing Thru The Passion” Vagrant

    Loopstock “Loopstock” System Dialing

2018    Directors “Action” System Dialing

2018    Armo “Armo” System Dialing

2017    Antibalas “Where the Gods Are In Peace” Daptone

    The Atomic Bomb Band “Atomic Bomb!.” Luaka Bop

    Craig Finn “We All Want The Same Things.” Partisan

2016     Jordan McLean “Uncomplete Works, Volume I.” System Dialing

    Pop It! “Drum For Your Life.” System Dialing
2015    Jovanotti “2015cc” Universal (5x platinum-Italy)

    Santigold “99 cents” Atlantic

    Mark Ronson “Uptown Special” RCA

    Craig Finn “Faith In The Future.” Partisan

    The Sway Machinery “You Will Love No One But Me” 3rd Generation
    The Sway Machinery “Purity And Danger.” 3rd Generation
     The Last Days of Hustling  (Cannes Short Film Corner Selection)

2014    Sharon Jones and the Dapkings “Give The People What They Want.” Daptone

    New Vocabulary “New Vocabulary” System Dialing
    The Great Accountant, composer (nominated best short film score, Tampa Bay Film Festival)

2012    Antibalas “Antibalas” Daptone

    David Byrne and St. Vincent “Love This Giant” 4AD / Todo Mundo

    FELA! “Original Broadway Cast Recording.” arranger, composer. Knitting Factory (Grammy-        nominated)

    Amadou and Miriam “Folila” Because Music
2011    Antibalas “Rat Race EP” Exactamundo

    DROID “The Latest In Roman Fashion” System Dialing
    The Sway Machinery “The House Of Friendly Ghosts, Volume I.” JDub

2010    Angelique Kidjo “Oyo” Razor and Tie (Grammy-nominated)

    Jordan McLean “World Gone Mad” System Dialing

    Butterfly Starpower “You’re Not Supposed To Do That” System Dialing

2009    The Sway Machinery “Hidden Melodies Revealed.” JDub

    Daptone Gold (compilation) Daptone

2008    Sway Machinery “The Sway Machinery EP.” JDub

2007    Antibalas “Security” ANTI-

    Jordan McLean “Piano Music & Song Trio” Agni  

2006    DJ Logic “The Zen of Logic” Ropeadope

    Fire of Space “Handbasket” 482 Music

2005    Antibalas “Government Magic” Afrosound

2004    Antibalas “ Who Is This America?“ Ropeadope

    Cordero “Somos Cordero” Daemon

2003    No Surrender “White Power, Black Magic” Surrender Sound

2002     Antibalas “Tour EP” Afrosound

    Antibalas with Taj Mahal, Baaba Maal “Red Hot + Riot“ MCA  

2001    Whitefield Brothers “In the Raw” Desco/Soul Fire

2000    Antibalas “NESTA” EP Afrosound

    Fire Of Space “Age Of Epoch” Agni

1999    Lee Fields “Let’s Get a Groove On” Desco

    DROID “NYC DNB” Shadow


Antibalas, Mark Ronson, Sharon Jones and The Dapkings, Charles Bradley,  The Roots, Jamie Lidell, TV on the Radio, Ornette Coleman, Jovanotti, David Byrne, St-Vincent, Binky Griptite, Valery June, Angelique Kidjo, Amadou and Miriam, Jose James, Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, Billy Gibbons, Iron and Wine, Matisyahu, My Morning Jacket, The Alabama Shakes, Santigold, Azelia Banks, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Brian Chase, Tony Allen, David Murray, Atomic Bomb, Charles Llyod, Sinkane, The Complete Last Waltz, Greg Phillinganes, Craig Finn and The Hold Steady, Steven Tyler, The Lone Bellow, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lady Antebellum, Strand Of Oaks, Thievery Corporation, Lux Prima, Amy Helm, Michael Dorf Presents, and the Because Jewish High Holiday Series


1998-present    American Society of Composers and Publishers


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