A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jordan Reed is Instructor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Ensembles at Marietta College. Jordan maintains an active schedule as a performer, educator, and composer.
As a concert saxophonist, Jordan has been a soloist with The Ohio State Symphony Orchestra, the Marietta College Wind Ensemble, the Ohio University Wind Symphony, the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra, and the Otterbein Wind Ensemble. He has performed at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and at national and regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance. As a chamber musician, Jordan regularly performs with the Sonax Saxophone Quartet, the Lowbrow Chamber Ensemble, and has performed with the Black Swamp Saxophone, the Athenian Saxophone Quartet, and the Athens Saxophone Duo. Jordan is also a founding member of the saxophone project Alea Duo, a group that focuses on newly commissioned works with elements of spontaneity and improvisation. Alea Duo is currently recording an album of new music for saxophones written and arranged by Jordan. The album is expected to be released in the fall of 2018.
As a jazz artist, he regularly performs, writes, and records with the Columbus-based new jazz quintet, Radarhill. Radarhill has been commissioned by the Ohio University Wind Symphony for three consecutive years to compose and perform a concerto grosso at their annual Ampersand Festival, a concert series that focuses on new music for wind symphony and soloists that are seldom-paired together. The first commissioned work, Lucidrome, was premiered on March 24th in Athens, OH. Lucidrome has also been programmed by Dr. Michael Yonchak, the director of bands at Otterbein University. Jordan has also performed with the Ohio Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble, and The Athens Jazztet.
He is a member of The North American Saxophone Alliance, The International Percy Grainger Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Jordan is currently a Doctoral Teaching Associate at The Ohio State University, where he is ABD, and holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in saxophone performance from Ohio University.