Brian Jordan has graced the stage and been featured with many legendary musicians, including James Brown, Dave Matthews, Bernie Worrell, The Allman Brothers Band, Ray Manzerik, Buddy Miles, George Porter, Jr., and many more. Brian currently plays guitar with The B-Side Players, as well performs as acoustic duo with Karlos Paez of The B-Side Players. In addition, Brian works as session guitarist, bassist and producer. As leader of the “Brian Jordan Band”, Brian brings a unique and heavily charged sound to live audiences across the U.S. Former projects include 12 years (1999 – 2011) as guitarist for the high-energy funk/jazz band, “Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe”; A stint as guitarist in the house band for the NBC TV show, “Last Call with Carson Daily (2006 – 2007); Guitarist with “Ms. Lauryn Hill” (2006), guitarist in the rotating lineup of the art-rock band “Banyan” (2006 - present); and several appearances in super-jams across the U.S.; Jam Cruise 8, Gathering of the Vibes, Rocky Mountain Power Jam and more!
Growing up in San Diego, CA, at a very early age, Brian's ear was tuned into music, and of his own decision and with his parents' support, he decided to take up a musical instrument as a child. Starting with an acoustic guitar, then later learning bass, drums, electric guitar, keyboards and synthesis, Brian's natural attraction to music led him to start composing and performing music by the time he was in high school. He then went on to study music at the University of California at Santa Barbara and majoring in Classical Guitar Performance. There he indulged in the studies of Music Theory, Recording, Electronic Music Composition and the Physics of Musical Instruments in a classically based curriculum, while also participating in Jazz performance classes.
Though having a real passion for pop music, Brian co-formed a production team and record label fresh out of college. Brian co-wrote and produced a dance single that gained some national attention. After getting a taste of the pop music world, Brian quickly found a much more relevant voice in the independent music scene, co-founding the eclectic, exotic, turbo charged and hard rockin' band, "Daddy Longleggs", which also included co-founder, Robert Walter; a connection that would later lead to meeting Karl Denson (Sax player for The Rolling Stones).
Daddy Longleggs disbanded after a 6 year run, and Brian found himself touring with many world music acts from the African diaspora. From sounds of the Caribbean Islands to West Africa.. As well, touching base with the West Coast Acid-Jazz scene then happening in San Diego.
In 1999, after a suggestion from producer Mike Andrews, Karl Denson contacted Brian about playing with the Tiny Universe. Brian and Karl had originally met via Robert Walter and other members of the San Diego based, "Greyboy Allstars", whom Brian had known many years prior. Thus, the journey with "Karl Denson's Tiny Universe" began! As well as touring for 12 and a half years with the group, Brian also met and performed with many other artists and bands along the way.
In 2001 Brian collaborated in a special performance with George Porter, Jr., the late Ray Manzerik, Buddy Miles, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and others at the Gathering of the Vibes festival in Upstate, NY. The group was formed to honor the contributions of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison.
In 2003 Brian gained the attention of the legendary James Brown, while playing the festival circuit with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Later that year, Brian was asked by Dave Matthews to perform a few numbers with the Dave Matthews Band and special guest Mr. James Brown himself. This was a sold out show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Upon being familiar with Brian and his playing style and ability, James Brown, in the climax of the show, with 23,000 screaming fans on their feet, turned to Brian to play the first solo in a scorching version of his legendary song, "Sex Machine".
In 2006, Brian performed and recorded with Grammy Award wining artist Lauryn Hill. As well, Brian started regular appearances on the NBC television show, Last Call with Carson Daly", with the house band through 2008.
Brian has also been featured in live performances with jazz greats organist, Dr. Lonnie Smith, bassist, John Patitucci and drummer Mike Clark. Other projects he performs with include "Banyan" (art-rock, jazz project led by Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction and trumpeter Willie Waldman), Willie Waldman Project and SF Boogaloo Allstars. As well, he appears on live recordings with The Allman Brothers Band, and on recordings of fellow native San Diego musicians, Cochemea Gastelum ("The Amazing Sounds of Johnny Arrow"), Zak Najor ("Z-Bonics, Time to Do Your Thing"), T. Irie Dread, and "The B-Side Players".
Brian also, leads his own nationally touring project, the Brian Jordan Band.