Jordan Pettay | Saxophone
Jordan Pettay is a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator. Instantly recognizable for
her sophisticated and spiritual sound, Jordan has collaborated with many of the world’s
premier jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride and Terence
Blanchard. She currently lives in New York City, where she appears regularly as a
freelance artist, educator and leader of The Jordan Pettay Quartet.
As a child growing up in Ft. Worth, Texas, Jordan drew early inspiration from the classic
jazz recordings of Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington, as well as the gospel music she
was immersed in. She sought to attain the musical depth of the jazz masters while
maintaining the raw and sacred feeling of the church. In high school Jordan attended
Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School in Dallas, and in 2008 received a full
scholarship to attend The Juilliard School in New York City.
At Juilliard, Jordan was mentored by iconic New York saxophonists Ron Blake and
Steve Wilson while traveling Europe, South America, Asia and Australia as a guest
clinician and performer. She graduated with her Master’s degree in 2014, and now
resides in Harlem’s historic Sugar Hill neighborhood, making regular appearances at top
NYC venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Ginny’s Supper Club,
Smalls and Smoke Jazz Club. Her debut album “First Fruit” is set to be released February 15, 2019.