Jordan Baskin is a Chicago jazz piano performer, teacher, composer, and bandleader. Baskin has been a fixture in the Chicago jazz scene since he graduated from Indiana University 2001 with his BM in Jazz Studies. Jordan has perfect pitch and has been playing piano for 38 years and he taught himself electric bass during the pandemic.
He has had many incredible performance experiences highlighted by a residency at the Kennedy Center, participation in the Banff International Jazz Workshop & Ravinia Festival, Steans Institute of Jazz,
performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Grant Park, Ravinia Festival, Symphony Center, NAMM, IAJE, Calgary Jazz Festival, the Kaslo Jazz Fest, & multiple tours
throughout the United States & Canada. Jordan also is a Luminarts award winner, and has received grants for his work from the Jazz Foundation of America, South Arts Jazz Road, and The Musician's Foundation. He has been written about in the Chicago Tribune, Sun Times, Jazz Times, Downbeat, Chicago Reader, Chicago Jazz Magazine and appeared on CBS, CLTV, and National Public Radio. Jordan recorded for Delmark Records, Cellar Live, Sony Media, and several independent labels.
Jordan leads a jazz piano trio that performs regularly around Chicago and the midwest, and is the pianist in the Mike Smith Quartet performing regularly at Andy's Jazz Club and the the Green Mill in Chicago. Some of the notable musicians Jordan has performed with over the course of his career include Von Freeman, Fred Anderson, Ari Brown, Ira Sullivan, Mike Smith, Mark Colby, Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Doug Lawrence, Tom Garling, Mike Karn, Dr Odies Williams, George Fludas, Jeff Parker, Greg Ward, Zach Brock, Matt Ulery, Rob Scheps, Grazyna Auguscik, Kimberly Gordon, Dee Alexander, Pat Mallinger, Scott Burns, Geof Bradfield, Tito Carrillo, Marquis Hill, Maurice Brown, Andy Brown, Kyle Asche, John Tate, Jeff Pedraz, Jake Vinsel, Jeff Hamann, Brian Ritter, Scott Hesse, Jordan's debut cd "High Card" with his Chicago jazz piano trio is available if you contact Jordan directly
While maintaining a busy performance schedule, Jordan also teaches jazz piano at Niles North High School and privately out of his house. His students range from middle school to adult. Jordan takes a lot of pride in his students and is able to connect and provide mentorship to his students. His students are consistently recognized year after year as some of the state's top up and coming performers- with many getting scholarships to college and going on to careers in the music field.
Jordan and his wife live with their daughter in Skokie, IL