Minnie Jordan is a violinist, composer, and educator currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Her sound combines contemporary jazz with Texas country roots, and mixes bluegrass influence and classical training into the magic melting pot of modern improvisation. She has years of experience playing Jazz, Bluegrass, Western Swing, Classic Country, New Acoustic, and Classical music.
Growing up on a ranch in rural Texas, Minnie was immersed in the sounds of Western Swing and Texas fiddle. She began playing publicly at age 9 in a duo with her younger sister, Ella. The two played their first festival in 2010, winning the youth talent competition at the Old Settlers Music Festival, where they showcased the following year. Subsequent honors included use of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin–awarded at the Mark O’Connor String Conference–and the Sam Eisenson Award for Country Music. In 2019 she graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music—in 2020, she graduated summa cum laude from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, with her Master’s degree in Contemporary Jazz Performance. She was also, most recently, selected to be a member of the 2021 JEN Sisters in Jazz, under the direction of Ingrid Jensen.
She has performed and/or taught clinics at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Shasta Music Summit, FreshGrass, Southwest Pickers Bluegrass Festival and other festivals and venues across the country.
Minnie has actively sought to expand her musical horizons by studying with some of music’s most gifted contemporary teachers and players, including John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano, Billy Contreras, and Buddy Spicher, among others. In addition to being a talented musician, Minnie is a passionate educator, dedicated to sharing her love of music, art, history and literature with the younger generation. She is also passionate about using music as a way to strengthen communities and promote social causes.
Minnie has won awards for her visual and textile art and academic achievement as well, and her other skills include training horses, rehabilitating wild waterfowl, and restoring vintage clothing.