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Steve Jordan, born on January 14, 1957 in Bronx, New York City, New York, is an American drummer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, musical director and Grammy Award-winning artist.
Jordan's first major gig was as a teenager, playing for the Stevie Wonder band. He's probably best known, however, for playing drums in the Saturday Night Live band throught the 1970s, touring and recording with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers) in the early 1980s, and as the original house drummer (band led by Paul Shaffer) for the Late Night with David Letterman show on NBC.
In 2003, the Grammy Award winner released an instructional DVD, The Groove is Here, which offers a look into how and why he plays. More philosophical than educational, the one-hour DVD includes live performances with Bob Cranshaw, Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, and Bernie "Dr. Woo" Worrell. It also includes commentary from Jackson Browne, Leroy Clouden, Levon Helm, Keith Richards and the late Timothy White, Billboard editor-in-chief. "One of the funkiest drummers of all time? Steve Jordan shows he's all that and more on this excellent DVD, a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the legendary groove-maker.
Jordan has been working with the John Mayer Trio since its formation in the early part of 2005. Later that same year the trio released their first album, Try!.
Steve Jordan has recorded with such artists as Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, John Mellencamp, Andres Calamaro, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Sonny Rollins, BB King, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and numerous others. He is also featured on James Taylor's 1998 DVD, Live at the Beacon Theatre.
Besides working as a drummer, Jordan has expanded his artist pallete, becoming a Grammy Award-winning and nominated producer with Robert Cray's album, Take Your Shoes Off, and Buddy Guy's Bring 'Em In, respectively. Although he has played drums on countless records, Jordan continues to produce with such works as the Grammy Award winning John Mayer album Continuum, John Scofield's That's What I Say, Possibilities by Herbie Hancock, and 23rd St. Lullaby with Patti Scialfa.
In 2006, Jordan joined Eric Clapton's hand-picked touring band for Clapton's "European Tour 2006", which included seven sold out shows at the Royal Albert Hall. He continued in Clapton's band as they toured North America in 2007.
In 2008, Jordan produced and played percussion on one track for Los Lonely Boys' third album, Forgiven, at East Side Stages in Austin, Texas.
In 2009, Jordan received another Grammy Award nomination — the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, for his work on the soundtrack scoring film for the movie Cadillac Records.
Jordan formed a band with his wife, Meegan Voss, and they have toured and recorded under the band name The Verbs. The music has been described as "The perfect cocktail of girl group, Brit-pop, country, ska and Rock and Roll. They toured Japan in 2006 in support of their first release, And Now... The Verbs.