Instantly recognizable for her sophisticated and spiritual sound, saxophonist Jordan Pettay has been described by JazzTimes as “the sort of soloist that can translate a spiritual journey into musical terms.” She has performed with many of the world’s premier jazz, R&B and hip-hop artists including Christian McBride, Adrian Younge, Lizzo and Grammy-nominated vocalist Nicole Zuraitis. She resides in New York City, where she appears regularly as a freelance artist, educator and leader of The Jordan Pettay Quartet. Her recent debut album, First Fruit (2019), was co-produced by Christian Sands and features a blend of jazz, R&B and gospel influences.
Finding herself comfortable in a variety of settings, Jordan has appeared on three NPR Tiny Desk Concerts in the last two years with hip-hop producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed (A Tribe Called Quest) and with the indie rock band Foxing, as a featured soloist. In 2016 she appeared with rapper-singer Lizzo, performing her hit single “Good As Hell” on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
With her faith in Jesus Christ being the source of inspiration to her life and music, Jordan’s debut album, First Fruit, is a devotional project featuring several reimagined hymn arrangements and songs meant to convey gratitude and love towards God.