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It is with great honor to recognize Steve Jordan for all of the incredible music he has made throughout the years.  He is a musical genius and the first to stretch the limits of the three-row diatonic accordion.  Many have tried to copy, but there will never be another maestro like Steve Jordan.  Hohner USA/Germany is proud to have presented Steve "Esteban" Jordan, with the new beautiful Rockordeons custom made exclusively for Steve.   


Steve "Esteban" Jordan

The video was compressed to fit this medium.   We want to thank Steve for letting us film the entire performance at Salute'. 


 

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Oh!!!  That baby looks NIIIICE!!!  More pix Gilbert!!!!  More pixxxx......!!!  Please.

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Great to see El Parche getting the recognition. If not mistaken he was the very first in the 80's to have his own signature model with Jazz tuning ( no basses ) padded left wrist strap, with perloid buttons..

His old one.. is a hybrid-monster.. with a 70's wooden keyboard replaced, gold bellows ( original were white like the new one ), and it should be in the Hall of Fame of accordions for sure.

Nice move by Hohner.. wish I could be there - that's where I first saw SJ in 91.  Enjoy !

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Man I wish I could be there for this incredible occasion.  Will the Rockordeon be available at stores?  Or is this made only for Steve?


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Oh man! A re-issue of the rockordeon? Yo quiero una en FA !!! When will this be available? Great video of EL GRAN MAESTRO JORDAN ! Thanks for the video Gilbert.


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Is there a chromatic note he doesn't play in this song..!!?)   Inspiring.  
Good to see Hohner there for El Gran Maestro Jordon.

Thank you for posting this Gilberto.

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For all those who doubted about being able to play all of the chords and scales on a diatonic, Steve proves them wrong.  


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so gilbret when do the NEW ROCKORDEONS hit the stores i what one

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Me and my girl had gone to Olive Garden that night and I mentioned maybe we stop by Salute on the way home. Too many breadsticks later we said forget it. Sorry I missed the show. This is awesome. Steve really, really, deserves it.
hey, and when you told us all you got the job with Hohner, I was joking when I asked if you'd bring back the Rockordeon. Thanks man! I want one too.

Why not a Flaco model and a Mingo model too?
Button accordion is getting more and more popular, I can see all this and more.

GREAT JOB AND FORESIGHT Gilbert!


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The re-issue Rockordeons were made for Steve.  If we do decide to make some more, it will only be a limited number.  But we have not made any plans to make any at this time. 

Yes, we are looking at the many possibilities with the three-row button accordions.  But all in due time amigos.  I don't want to let the rabbit out of the hat just yet.

Sinceramente,

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That box looks nice. I hope u mass produce them so many people can enjoy them.

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Very Nice!

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Gilbert,
That is fantastic and touching. Was that your idea?
So they just sort of set aside time and "jazzed up" a corona 2? How did this process happen and did Steve know this was going to happen?
He really needed it. I loaned him some tape a few months ago because it was leaking so bad!
When I played drums in school many years ago, I remember me and my drummer friends all wanted a Buddy Rich Ludwig set. Ludwig also made many, many more other versions under the names of other drummers. Bascially all Ludwig drums with the setup like the pro whose name was on it. nothing special but a great promotion method to basically sell what? Ludwig drums! I can totally see this with Hohner, a Corona2 in whoevers style of tuning, etc... I think Gibson did some special versions of guitars as well.
Just my two cents, not because I would buy a Rockordeon or anything!
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Yeah, Gibson & Fender are always reissuing guitars in configurations made famous by various guitarists.  By the way, who was the drummer at Steve's gig?  "Juanito"?  Sounds like him.

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YEA BABY JORDAN IS THE MAN !!!!!  THATS AMAZING AT HIS AGE AND CAN STILL JAM LIKE THAT. MIS REPESTOS A STEVE JORDAN. QUE DIOS LE SIGA BENDICIENDO.


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Well,I'd opine whether the Hohner Company could make a Rockcordeon specially for El Parche,why not making one also for Ruben Vela,Ernesto Guerra,Juan Lopez,Mingo Saldivar,Joel Guzman,Valerio Longoria and for each one of the most famous musicians? maybe they don't deserve it? why not?anyway the Company is able to do it and more to recognize the "silent" labor that each of them have done in favor of such trade mark through the years.....would it be possible Gilbert?

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I think he addressed this by stating the following in his previous message.

"we are looking at the many possibilities with the three-row button accordions"
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Steve Jordan is incredible.  I have never seen or heard someone playing jazz on the diatonic accoridon.  Wow!


Ruben Vela plays a Gabbanelli and Joel Guzman a Baffetti.  So I don't think Hohner will be making any accordions for players who do not use the hohner brand.



 
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Dange! I love that video. That is the first ever full on Jazz song I've heard Steve play!
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Gran Maestro!


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"The re-issue Rockordeons were made for Steve.  If we do decide to make some more, it will only be a limited number.  But we have not made any plans to make any at this time. "

Interesting......as the tuning is definately made for Steve Jordan.
So....the rest you guys......get your own sound.....actually not bad advise.

I saw him live  1978 for an Austin City Limits taping.......blew my mind....
wish that came out on DVD........he demanded using his own PA. in the ACL studio.
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AWESOME!!! 

THE FIRST TIME I SAW ESTABAN "STEVE" JORDAN WAS ON THE "BORN IN EAST L.A." MOVIE BACK IN 1988.  HE PLAYED SOME JAZZY STUFF LIKE THIS AS BACKGROUND MUSIC DURING PARTS OF THE MOVIE.

QUE DIOS LO BENDIGA Y LO GUARDE PARA QUE LAS NUEVAS GENERACIONES PUEDAN VER UN GRAN MAESTRO DEL ACORDEON!


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WoW..I don't know what to say after seeing that video..so let me just hit the post message button.

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I remember when Steve Jordan came to Idaho in the 60's.  We were in awe of him, and to this day we are still in awe of him.

Many years ago in the 80's, I was hanging around back stage, when I saw and introduced myself to him at the Tejano Music Awards.  He remembered coming to Idaho.  He was one of the performers at the show.

Our conversation was short as he was following Laura Canales.  She too was at the awards show.

He when on, and he brought the house down.   One of my most memorable moments with Steve Jordan.

He truly is a musical genius.   One of a kind.


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I'm just wondering if all of Steve's accordions are jazzed tuned Rockordeons?  Just listening to his songs, it seems that no matter what key he plays in, they all have that jazz tuning.  Would anybody know?

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I'm not sure how many recordings (released) Steve has done with the Rockordeon but I know that all his previous Corona II's have been Jazz tuned.  To avoid confusion, his original Rockordeon and his two new Rockordeons are both Jazz tuned. 

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Steve Jordan has been and is still my favorite 3 row Hohner player..

" we are looking at the many possibilities of the 3 row accordion"

I would recommend:

a  12/11/10    with third row accidentals

a  12/11/6 or 7   with 1/2 row accidentals  (NOT a Club...)

both in 2 reed and 3 reed
with a bass stop to pull out the thirds in the chords


And while you're at it   hiow about a 2 row 23 button 2 reed
and a 2 row 3 reed with an Lmm and a stop to pull out the L

And then


Please  please let's get the HA114 back to its former  if not improved quality
there never was a better 1 row ( except for the sinking buttons and the reed quality and wet tuning) light fast and fun

Congrats to Steve and Hohner and lets get that Rockordeon on the marklet ! !

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I AM DEPRESSED AND AMAZED! MOST OF US WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO PLAY HALF AS GOOD AS STEVE DOES!


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HOHNER, Inc.

1000 Technology Park Drive Glen Allen, Virginia 23059-4500

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 1 January 2010 CONTACT: Scott Emmerman, Director of Marketing and Sales Ph: (804) 515-1900, ext. 3771; Fax: (804) 515-0840; semmerman@hohnerusa.com

HOHNER LAUNCHES THE STEVE JORDAN ROCKORDEON  - Limited Edition

GLEN ALLEN, VA- Hohner is proud to announce the launch of the limited edition reissue Steve Jordan Signature Rockordeon accordion. Together, in celebration of Steve's many years of creating great music, Steve and Hohner have partnered up to develop an exciting new accordion that will feature Steve's signature sound. This new model has upgraded features that include a wooden fingerboard, adjustable bass strap with a wheel lever, upgraded snap on bellow straps, large flat pearloid buttons, noiseless fingerboard, dynamic action for smoother playing, upgraded shoulder straps, deluxe carrying case, and is available in candy red and black in the keys of GCF and FBbEB.

Esteban "Steve" Jordan is also known as the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion; the accordion wizard; lightning fingers and other monikers and recently, he has been acknowledged as the best accordionist ever by most other serious players, which is the highest of accolades," commented Gilbert Reyes, accordion product manager. More than any other accordionist, Jordan pushes the diatonic accordion to its limits, both musically and physically, playing traditional Tex-Mex, rock, jazz, salsa, zydeco and more.

When Steve performed at the 1988 Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany, Hohner took notice of his incredible musical ability and his custom tuned Hohner, which lead to the creation of this latest generation signature product. The Steve Jordan Rockordeon has a suggested retail price of $3,495  and it will be available in February 2010. For more information go to http://www.hohnerusa.com

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In 1967 my conjunto Los Palomos del Valle, played in Muleshoe, Tx. with Steve.  It was a paid dance at a Labor Camp for migrant workers.  Steve was already on stage.  We came in after him.  I shook his hand and he came across as a very humble man.  We were migrants but at the same tiime were touring West Texas promoting our recordings with Ideal, Del Valle and El Pato records.  I just wish I would have had a camera at that time.  It would have been a memorable piece of history to place with my accordion collection.  At that time they called themselves Esteban Jordan y Rio Jordan.
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Hey Pepito
Let me know if you buy one. That way I'll ask for your permission to touch it, at least.

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That is hot, there will never be another.....


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I went to visit Steve at his house on Sunday May 16th at eleven in the morning.  I called him up on Saturday and he was in a lot of pain.  He said to call him on Sunday so I did.  He said to me, I'm not feeling good pero vente anyway.  When I got to his house, Ricardo Jordan (his son) was outside the house waiting for me.  He took me in the house and told me to wait in the hallway while he went into Steve' room.  After a few minutes, Ricardo came out of the room and told me to go into the room.  Steve had been in bed but got up to change for my visit.  He was under a lot of pain and he told me that the back pain was killing him.  He did not look good.  I gave him a hug and told him that we are all praying for a speedy recovery.  In spite of the great pain he is in, he has a positive outlook.  He kept telling me that soon he was going to get better and we could hang out and talk about accordions and music.   I dropped off some GCF reed blocks he requested and said good bye.  He walked me out and stood at the entrance door looking out.  As I drove off I could see him in my rear view mirror.   That image of him standing there was intense.  I felt that perhaps this was the last time I will see el maestro.  I pray that this is not the case, but my heavy heart felt differently.
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I'm really saddened to read this story.  On Friday night I took my yearly pilgrimage to Salute in San Antonio in hopes of seeing el maestro whom I'd heard had been out of commission for several months.  Guess what, he was there!!  He started the night and played about 3-4 songs and took a break coming back for a few more later that evening.  I must admit, I'd never seen him in this condition, he looked as if he'd aged 15 years in the last year.  On a positive note, true to form, he delivered on Friday night.  I too wondered if that would be my last time to see him perform.  Let's hope that's not the case.  My prayers are with Esteban "Steve" Jordan.

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Never met the man personally, but I hope he recovers.
The only talk I've heard about him is of his greatness and him being a humble person. Every piece of music he puts out is a challenge to those that back him because he requires perfection. Come dicen, "Long Live the King".

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Steve is hanging in, he says "no voy a dejar que una mugre como cáncer, que mé gané." He's not gonna let something small like cancer beat him. As long as he keeps playing and fishing, I think he'll be ok. About three years ago Steve was hospitalized and flatlined for a while in the ER, no heart beat. He said the Lord told him there were no vacancies and there was unfinished business for Steve before leaving this Earth. I hope he takes his time with his unfinished business so we can learn and hear more of his great music.
Prayers for Steve's health are welcomed.



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I hope for the best for Steve's recovery,
I saw him play in Sacramento a couple years back and
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Rest in peace maestro..........

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Legends live forever. My condolenses go out tohis family and all who knew him. Thank you gilbert for sharing your experiences, stories and feelings and letting us know how great steve was and will always be remembered as a person and a musician
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My condolences to the family and all their fans. Era un "GRAN" MAESTRO de la accordeon.

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Much has been made about the loss of Selena Quintanilla for the Tejano music industry, and rightly so. But I would suggest that the loss of Jordan is greater in that he was, and is, a musical genius that has forever altered the ways in which the music is played and imagined.

Jose Angel- Bartender At Salute International Bar. 1994-1996

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In 1967-1968 my band Los Palomos del Valle played in Muleshoe, Tx. and shared the stage with Esteban Jordan.  To this day I kick myself for not taking a picture with this genious.  We were recording for Ideal, Del Valle and El Pato Records.  By that time Steve was considered a great musician!! It's still a wonderful memory for me and my brothers.  We were:  10, 13 and 15 years old!

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