Bobby J

The Artist Who Creates The Magic

He acts out his life on stages, and like a fine wine, he just gets better with age. Bobby J is a New Orleans based singer-entertainer and drummer who leads his Stuff Like That Band in engaging and indelible performances. In a career spanning over better than five decades, he is recognized as one of the most diverse, dynamic and elite entertainers across America.

He services communities of folk that enjoy singing, swinging, and dancing alongside engaging live cover entertainment. His untiring efforts to musically satisfy social as well as corporate audiences across the US and Canada remains unrivaled. Though accompanied by a coterie of talented and adept singers and musicians, he is - as Martha Stewart's Weddings says - "a one man show", ready to create that memorable entertainment experience.

life & work

BACKGROUND

'Bobby J' Jordan was born into a musical family in New Orleans, Louisiana. The rap tap tap on his mother's furniture clearly indicated he too had been bitten by the entertainment bug. From humble beginnings, oftentimes, he wheeled his drum kit in a grocery cart to a neighboring tavern to perform. The self-taught drummer performed with only the hottest local r&b and jazz bands that included locals like Branford Marsalis, Michael 'Patches' Stewart (Al Jarreau), and Cyril Neville. He played for church and community choirs as well, ultimately meeting and performing alongside Billy Preston at a Gospel Music Workshop. But while on a drumming gig in a New Orleans tavern, club owner Alfred Doucette (Big Chief) recognized Bobby's melodious and raspy tenor voice - his true instrument - disassembled Bobby's drums, handed him a lead singer's microphone, and, the rest is history.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1969 - Drummer (school bands, local secular bands, church and community choirs)

1970's - Jack the Rapper Convention, NACA Tour

1980's - DISCOGRAPHY

Every Time You Go Away

Ain't No Woman Like My Baby 

Baby Come Back (with former band Louisiana Purchase)

1990 - Formed Stuff Like That Band (named in tribute to musical hybrid and genius Quincy Jones, one of my influences)

2001 - Gospel is Alive Award, presented by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation for 'dedication and contribution to Gospel music'.

2005 - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

2014 - Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution in America Video Documentary Series (a Flow Nonfiction Film).

 

LIVE EXPERIENCE

Ali Woodson (the Temptations), Billy Preston, Peabo Bryson, Michael Henderson, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, D. J. Rogers, Chuck Mangione, Patti Labelle, The Bar-Kays, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Betty Wright, the Chilites, Margie Joseph, Ashford and Simpson, Kool and the Gang, the Drifters, the Dixie Cups, Pieces of a Dream, Usher, Raheem DeVaughn, Larry Graham, Air Supply, the Pointer Sisters, Gladys Knight, Branford Marsalis, Michael 'Patches' Stewart (Al Jarreau), Irma Thomas, the Batiste Brothers, Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers.

MEDIA

Offbeat Magazine (rear cover)

UK Brides Magazine

Notes on New Orleans 

BIZ New Orleans 

Fundera Ledger

As seen or heard on Pandora, on Billboards, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and more

A FEW CLIENTS

1990 - Present 

NBA All Stars / House of Blues / Coca Cola / BET Network / New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival / Louisiana Police Jury Association / Iberia, First Bank & Trust, Fidelity / Harrahs, Boomtown, Treasure Chest, Magic, President Casinos / Zulu Social and Pleasure Club / Edison Chouest Offshore / Preservation Resource Center / NOBLE / 100 Black Men / Crime Stoppers of GNO / Junior Achievement / Jackson Hole Wyoming Mangy Moose Saloon / Computer Share, Shelton CT / Each One Save One / Southern and Loyola Universities / Metairie, New Orleans, English Turn Country Clubs / Sacred Heart Academy Alumnae / Beau Brummell / Louisiana Restaurant Association / Imago Relationships / Century 21 / NOMA / 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 / AVAAP / Orleans Parish School Board / NFL's Archie Manning / Shelby Latino FOX 8 / ESPN's Mike Smith / The Brennan Family / NOMTOC / AGA (American Gas Association) / Tallageda College / Ochsner Hospital's Red Tie Event / Edison Electric Institute / and a host of other corporations, social organizations, and families.