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Ahead of her time, and better with age

Jordan, 82, is a bebop-era standout

“This music saved my life in more ways than one, and continues to save my life,’’ Sheila Jordan says of her jazz career. “This music saved my life in more ways than one, and continues to save my life,’’ Sheila Jordan says of her jazz career. (ED COHEN)
By Andrew Gilbert
Globe Correspondent / November 13, 2011

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On the verge of her 83rd birthday, jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan sounds like a woman half her age. She’s come through just about everything that life can throw at you: grinding rural poverty, thuggish police who harassed her for hanging out with black men, decades of scuffling for gigs in obscurity, and her own alcohol-driven demons. The newly minted NEA Jazz Master reunites with long-time creative partner pianist Steve Kuhn for a duo performance Thursday at the Regattabar.

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SHEILA JORDAN AND STEVE KUHN

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At: Regattabar , 1 Bennett St , Cambridge , 11/17, 7:30 p.m .

Tickets: $25 , 617-395-7757 , http://www.regattabarjazz.com


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