I am Bobby J —that New Orleans’ based unorthodox singer who enjoys musical challenges, who defies categorization, singing songs that others dare attempt. Even after five decades of entertainment, I still hone my craft right in front of my audience, singing favorites, speaking directly to the heart. I thrive on personal appearances and reveling audiences, always prepared to make that creative difference in live cover and dance entertainment.
Martha Stewart Weddings says "Bobby J is a one-man show with a talented group of musicians and singers to play up his talents, creating a memorable entertainment experience." Others say he has a sentimental longing and wistful affection for the past, making him one of the most enchanting singers of his era. But all agree that he is one of the most diverse, dynamic, and elite entertainers across America.
On the music scene in New Orleans, Louisiana since the age of 12, Bobby Jordan pursued drums as his primary instrument, spending time performing with top local r&b, jazz and gospel bands [He recalls working with then locals Branford Marsalis, Michael 'Patches' Stewart, and Kidd Jordan's Jazz Band (Southern University), even wheeling his drums in a grocery cart to an uptown tavern (Benny's) to perform with Cyril Neville]. Though Bobby was tagged "the singing drummer" (often compared to LTD's Jeffrey Osborne) he never really realized a singing career. That changed. On his weekly gig at the Nite Cap lounge, owner and house band manager Alfred Doucette revealed to the public Bobby's true instrument...his melodious, raspy tenor voice. Technically, he fired Bobby on drums and hired him as lead vocalist. And the rest is history.
From there he performed with the Louisiana Purchase Band and recorded on commercial releases Every Time You Go Away, Ain't No Woman Like My Baby, and Baby Come Back. Upon his return from Canada (1990), he formed Bobby J and Company, later known as Bobby J & Stuff Like That Band. At his lead, Stuff Like That Band entertained - to name a few - Coca Cola, BET Network, House of Blues, American Gas Association, countless family, social, and fundraising events. By 2005, he was invited to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Despite the hurricane like wind and rain that was preemptive to the unforgettable Hurricane Katrina, Bobby J & Stuff Like That Band met every expectation, drawing an audience to capacity at an early hour in the day and in only a few minutes. Revelers gathered to the sounds of the rhythmic beats, the harmonic vocals, and the blazing horns. In 2014, he participated in the Small Business Revolution of America Video Documentary Series (Deluxe Corporation and Flow Non-fiction Films), once again garnering local and national media attention and recognition in The New Orleans Advocate, UK Brides Magazine, Offbeat Magazine (rear cover), Notes on New Orleans, BIZ New Orleans, and Fundera Ledger.
He has performed on stage alongside many of the best, to include Ali Ollie Woodson, Ashford and Simpson, Kool & the Gang, Pieces of a Dream, the Pointer Sisters, Gladys Knight, Billy Preston, Peabo Bryson, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Air Supply, Larry Graham, and the list goes on. His influences - Ali Ollie Woodson, Jeffrey Osborne, Maurice White, and last but not least Marvin Winans.
For his contribution and dedication to gospel music, he is a 2001 recipient of the Gospel is Alive Award presented by the Jazz Foundation of America.
Currently, the funk and soul master resides in the New Orleans area with his wife Lisa. He is recognized today as one of the most diverse, dynamic and elite entertainers across America, servicing communities of folk that care about music as well as the artists who create the magic.
He's no half-stepper. Talented, dynamic, spirit-filled are just a few words to describe him. 'Bobby J' Jordan's music career spans over better than five decades, with recognition today as one of the most diverse, dynamic, and elite live entertainment providers across America. He renders cover and dance performances of r&b, funk, soul, Motown and more, for every occasion. Bobby is accompanied by New Orleans' based Stuff Like That Band, on the scene since 1990. Setting the trend in cover entertainment, their collective soulful sound, image and style keeps them on the forefront, servicing communities of folk nationwide that care about music.
NBA All Stars +
House of Blues +
Coca Cola +
BET Network +
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival +
Louisiana Police Jury Association +
First Bank & Trust
Fidelity Bank +
President Casinos +
Zulu Social and Pleasure Club +
Edison Chouest Offshore +
Preservation Resource Center +
100 Black Men +
Crime Stoppers of GNO +
Junior Achievement +
Jackson Hole Wyoming Mangy Moose Saloon +
Computer Share, Shelton CT +
Each One Save One +
Loyola University +
Metairie Country Club
New Orleans Country Club
English Turn Country Club +
Sacred Heart Academy Alumnae +
Beau Brummell +
Louisiana Restaurant Association +
Imago Relationships +
Century 21 +
Arb Meetings and Events +
Delta Sigma Theta Alumunae of NOLA and Lake Charles +
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity +
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Austin Texas +
Franco's Health Club +
Our Lady of the Lake +
Xavier Prep's Remember When +
Orleans Parish School Board +
NFL's Archie Manning +
Shelby Latino FOX 8 +
ESPN's Mike Smith +
The Brennan Family +
AGA (American Gas Association) +
Tallageda College +
Ochsner Hospital/Red Tie Event +
Edison Electric Institute +
a host of other corporations, social organizations, and families.
Effective 2021 -
Wedding receptions are 90% of the business, but for any occasion, I (artist Bobby J) showcase and interchange artists/musicians who perform soulful arrangements of classic cover and dance R&B, Jazz, Motown, Top 40, Funk, Salsa, Caribbean, Traditional New Orleans tunes and more. Audiences are motivated to dance and swing in harmony. The repertoire is unmatched...you request it, we make it happen! As a finale’, we offer a traditional New Orleans’ second line.
There is no standard band composition. Keep in mind a unique package is created, per event, with variations in song selections and instrumentation to meet clients' musical needs. I call my vehicle of expression the Bobby J & Stuff Like That Band. I am the man at center stage.
Please note: NO TWO EVENTS ARE THE SAME! Certain options may not be available post the pandemic. Artist and/or Artist Management reserves the right to make necessary staff substitutions.
Performances equate to 3 to 4 hours or 2 to 3 sets. The number of band members is determined by event type, size of venue, preferred music genres, budget, availability, etc. Horns are only optional at an additional cost, based on availability.
AV Equipment/ Production refers to sound reinforcement. Engineer, back line, special DJ services are provided (no stage). AV equipment is for band use only unless otherwise pre-approved and paid for.
Rates are competitive. Quotes are based on specific details provided by client. Artist, nor Artist's agent, nor affiliates will be liable for client's non-disclosure of details that might affect rates and expected services. A procured contract with limited specs will be serviced with those specs. Additional or new terms MAY be established if time permits. Prompt cash payments are required before any additional changes are rendered.
Quotes become guarantees only after a contract is executed with a nonrefundable deposit.
Based on variables, deposits shall not exceed 50% of guarantee.
Deposits are transferable for 1-year of scheduled event in cases of postponement.
Prepayment is required 30 days prior to scheduled event.
Overtime is time and a half, to be paid in cash before services are rendered.
A Song list is available on this site for review. Brides may submit 3 bridal songs NOT on Song list. Requests for songs not on posted Song list must be made in advance, a minimum of 90 days prior to contracted event. Limits will be placed on the # of song requests submitted and accepted. A fee MAY apply.
*Taxes not included in quote
Hello World. I am Bobby J - Singer, Musician, Band Leader, and Recording Artist. My music career has spanned over better than five decades. I've been told I shadow artists like Jeffrey Osborne and Uncle Charlie Wilson but I realize I am only being me because everyone else is already taken.
I was born and raised in New Orleans, a city known for its night life and vibrant music scene, thus it was nearly impossible not to somehow connect musically. Early on, I was predisposed to either play an instrument or sing because of my family ties to Gospel music. I chose drums, percussion instruments, in the Gospel as well as secular realm. Unexpectedly, while on a drumming gig, a club owner observed my vocal talent, pulled me to center stage, and the rest is history.
For every occasion, I have provided countless audiences with multiple genres of music, generally just singing audiences to a happier place. I must admit my musical preference is throwback, nostalgia, songs from the past that stir powerful emotion. There’s so many good memories connected to the old school music. It renews the spirit while audiences reflect on where they were and what they were doing when one of their favorites is played. Yes, I’m old school...still polishing my shoes, starching my shirts, and creasing my slacks. And after all this time, I still hone my craft right in front of my audience. When I sing your favorite song, it's impassioned, it speaks to your heart.
I’m proud of my accomplishments, namely the 2001 Gospel Is Alive Award, a 2005 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest performance, and a 2014 Small Business Revolution of America Documentary Series participant, to list a few. Most importantly, I am accompanied by a coterie of singers and players I call Stuff Like That Band, established in 1990.
Welcome to my house!