Music on the Esplanade

Lynne Jordan & The Shivers

R&B, Blues, Jazz

Wednesday, July 24
6 – 7:30 p.m. 

In a city brimming with classic blues and jazz divas, Lynne Jordan stands apart. Not only do her soaring vocals dip effortlessly into blues, jazz, funk, rock, and even country, but her outsize personality wins over every crowd. Her talent so dazzled the Second City that the late Chicago film critic Roger Ebert declared her his “favorite diva.” Backed by her sizzling band the Shivers, Jordan quickly developed into a Chicago institution, playing jazz and blues clubs, swanky lounges, and even the charity circuit throughout the country. She brought her special brand of storytelling, raw humor, and performance to New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta with her sold-out show, “A Musical Tribute To Nina Simone.” She has recorded with Tom Waits; the punk group Urge Overkill; and Alligator Records Blues artist Toronzo Cannon. Lynne performed in jazz operas in Europe; her own one-woman show “A Great Big Diva;” and is a featured vocalist with Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues. Lynne has traveled the world with her band the Shivers including a life-changing performance in Kyiv, Ukraine, in Freedom Square before an audience of 250,000! Jordan has performed her works at numerous Live lit shows in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Moscow, and Paris. Because she is a popular entertainer in Chicago, she has honed her storytelling skills with every song. Lynne is a 3Arts Make a Wave Artist and is currently enjoying being artist-in-residence at the Raue Center for the Performing Arts in Illinois. Lynne is presently working on two new recordings: one of original material and one of classic blues tunes from the 20s and 30s.