Stephen Koch will be at Nightbird with his new biography of musician Louis Jordan. In addition to our usual reading and booksigning, Stephen will perform some of the music of Louis Jordan for us.
Stephen has been studying the life and music of Jordan nearly since birth, getting hip to Beans and Cornbread bouncing on his dad's knee. Many of you will know Stephen as the creator and host of Arkansongs, syndicated on NPR affiliates.
"Though you may not know the man, you probably know his music. Arkansas-born Louis Jordan’s songs like Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Caldonia and Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens can still be heard today, decades since Jordan ruled the charts. In his five-decade career, Jordan influenced American popular music, film and more and inspired the likes of James Brown, B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. Known as the “King of the Jukeboxes,” he and his combo played a hybrid of jazz, swing, blues and comedy music during the big band era that became the start of R&B. In a stunning narrative portrait of Louis Jordan, author Stephen Koch contextualizes the great, forgotten musician among his musical peers, those he influenced and the musical present."