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backstory

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

        PROFESSIONAL LIFE


        Associate Music Director, FELA! on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Touring Companies (2006-2015)
        ▪  Contributing Composer, Co-arranger, trumpeter
        ▪  Choral Director
        ▪  Librarian
        ▪  Copyist (Off Broadway)


        Compositions/Orchestrations
        ▪  50+ Original works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, voice, and orchestra
        ▪  40+ Original works for 7-piece band, Fire Of Space, song placement in the film Sleepwalk With Me
        ▪  Orchestration of Federico Mompou’s Music Callada for 10 piece chamber band 
        ▪  World Gone Mad album/suite for solo trumpet and electronics, finalist American Modern Ensemble’s

            Young Composers Competition
        ▪  Film Score, The Great Accountant (nominated for best score, Tampa Bay Independent Film Festival)
        ▪  Multiple ASCAP Plus Awards for music for FELA! on Broadway
        ▪  Commissions from Till By Turning, Siren Baroque and Bronxville Public Library
        ▪  Numerous dance and multimedia scores, including Rettocame Dance Company and Do It!

            25th Anniversary featuring Loopstock
        ▪  Songwriter for NYC based alternative rock band, Directors


        Charter Member, Lead Trumpet, Featured Soloist, Antibalas (1998-present)

        2000+ Recording, festival, concert hall and club appearances worldwide


        Freelance Trumpet Artist (1998-present, partial list)
       Mark Ronson, Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Valery June, The Roots, Jamie Lidell,

       TV on  the Radio, Public Enemy,  David Byrne, St-Vincent, Judy Collins, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart,

       Patti Smith, Iron and Wine, Sway Machinery, My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Santigold,

      Atomic Bomb, DROID, New Vocabulary, Sinkane, Complete Last Waltz, Steven Tyler, Loft Opera,  

      Jovanotti, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Joe Russo, Living Colour,  The Lone Bellow, Betty Lavette, Lady Antebellum,  

      Craig Finn, The Hold Steady, Strand Of Oaks, Thievery Corporation, LuxPrima, Michael Dorf Presents,

     Because Jewish High Holiday Series


      Founder, Producer, Trumpet, Piano Music & Song Trio (PMT)(2001-2014)

     100+ Performances in concert halls, cultural institutions and clubs with trumpet, cello and piano

     chamber ensemble throughout New York City and State.

  

     100+ Orchestrations of songs by Bernart de Ventadorn, Gustav Mahler, Anton Webern, Charles Ives,

     Samuel Barber, Benjamin  Britten, Federico Mompou, Dmitri Shostakovich, Ornette Coleman for trumpet,

     cello and piano


     ADMINISTRATIVE & PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE


    Deputy Director, Make Music New York, Inc. (2015-2017)
        ▪  City-wide volunteer outreach and coordination, Make Music Winter, twelve curated public concert events

            on the winter solstice/Make Music New York, 1000+ curated and crowd sourced concert events on the

            summer solstice
        ▪  Community outreach and coordination with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), patrol boroughs,

            precincts, public institutions, cultural organizations, retail networks, etc.
        ▪  Creation and production of Special Projects with selected artists in major public venues throughout NYC
        ▪  Recruitment and supervision of 2016/2017 Fellows
        ▪  Creation, production and hosting of Making Music, weekly radio show on WBAI, exploring the

           “public and hidden lives of music makers and presenters”

        Founding Member, System Dialing Records, LLC (2010-present)

        ▪  Co-founder of artist-run record label, drafting contracts, securing distribution, setting release schedules,

           working with manufacturers and vendors, accounting, writing copy for press releases, liner notes

           and social media
        ▪  Producer of 14 releases
        ▪  Performing artist, composer, arranger

    Music and Events Production (1995-present)

        ▪  Producer, recordings, and concerts, New York (1995-present)
        ▪  Moderator, Lincoln Center Archives Red Hot and Fela screenings/panels, NYC (2015)
        ▪  Producer, 50+ concert events at Lower East Side Estates, NYC (2000-2014)
        ▪  Music Director/Band Leader, AI Fiori, Altamarea Restaurant Group, NYC (2011-2013)
        ▪  Stage Manager, Dary John Mizelle retrospective, Symphony Space, NYC (2008)

           Software Skills ▪  Google Drive, Docs, Sheets ▪  Word ▪  Excel ▪  Wordpress▪  Sibelius, Notion, Logic

        TEACHING EXPERIENCE


    FELA! Initiative Curriculum, Students Live/Passport To Broadway (2015) Author, Lecturer
    Drafted and implemented two-part lyric and music lesson plans basing History/Social Studies lessons on

    Afrobeat music, ages K-College, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC


    LEAP (Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program (1997-2009, 2012)
    Program Manager, Mentor, Visiting Artist Created and implemented residency programs to enhance social studies     curriculum through music, coordinated with public school officials, designed lesson plans with teachers,

    mentored teaching artists, NYC
  

    SUNY (State University of New York) Purchase (2006-2007)
    Adjunct Professor, Variety in Melody; Scales In World Music Weekly three hour lecture and demonstration

    of musical and cultural examples from around the world, Purchase, NY


    Artsbridge America Artist Scholar (2006)
    Created Ethnomusicology Radio, a studio recording/research project for  junior high school students


    EDUCATION


    Masters of Music
    Studio Composition, SUNY Purchase (2018-2020)


    Bachelor of Musical Arts
    Classical Composition, Summa Cum Laude  SUNY Purchase (2003-2006)


    Orchestration Studies
    Course studies, Juilliard Evening Division (2000)


    Artist Diploma
    Jazz Trumpet Performance, Mannes College of Music (1992-1995)

 


    PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS (REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST)


        ▪  Met Artists, management
        ▪  ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers)
        ▪  The Orchard, music distribution, marketing, and sales
        ▪  Local 802 AFM
        ▪  Minister, Universal Life Church