Jordan Shackleford

Jordan Shackleford

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I would call it "Healing Rhythms." "Original Healing Rhythms." My music is of a spiritual nature which touches people at a spiritual level. It can take you places without ever leaving--it's like picking up a book about the world. My music can take you places and you never have to leave your seat!

Biography

What sets me apart from other Jembe players is the fact that I am a Jembe player who was not trained by man. I told my manager this once before. I did not go look for this drum. This drum was literally sent to me. I had no clue as to when this journey started with this Jembe, where it would lead to. But I know now that I was born to be one of the Jembe players, one of the better ones out there. I take myself out of the way and I let the Father of the Universe have His way with my hands and with my spirit. I just play. What makes me different is, I don't play--I should not say, I don't play traditional rhythms, because maybe that's not true. But, I like to think of it as--like our African ancestors said: "Inside every person in the village--every human being in the village--there is this beautiful song. The trick is, that you have to learn to hear your song louder than you hear the world's song. I think I am fortunate in that, I have learned to hear my song. Not only have I learned to hear it, I have learned to play it. It is very, very therapeutic, even unto me. I think that is what makes me different. I don't try to imitate any one else. I can't imitate any one elsse. I can only play what is put in me to play. I play it and I am true to it. I will forever be true to it, too. I think that's what makes me different because most people were trained. Me, I was not trained. I sat down one day and started playing. Henceforth, here we have Jordan "SHR."

My influences, for one, was a drummer named Billy Coham. He had an album entitled "Snoopy and the Red Baron." I really, really, truly--I think of all the drummers I've heard, I think Mr. Billy Cobham was one of my greatest influences. Then there was Jimmie Hendrix. A lot of people don't know this. Jimmie Hendrix had a drummer--I don't really know his name but I remember going to an outdoor concert once where his drummer was playing with some other people. They did the song called "Down By The River." I thought that that performance was probably one of the greatest performances I had ever heard a drummer do. That stuck with me. I like listening to Wes Montgomery, Farro Sanders, Hugh Masekela. I like the Last Poets--a very, very, good group. I also like Brian Augers. A lot of people don't know who that was. He is a throwback to the late 70s, early 80s. "Oblivian Express," was the name of the album. It was one of your better, excellent rhythms. I mean excellent rhythms. I like Sade. She has one of the best bands around, she really does. I would love to play with her. Also, of course, Mr. Carlos Santana himself.

Discography

My CD is a "Work In Progress."

Set List

Typically the longest song would be like 6 minutes plus. The shortest song would probably be around 2-1/2 minutes. More will be forthcoming on the set list after release of the CD. Typically, I can play any rhythm and with any group as long as I feel the music spiritually.