Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: New York City, New York
Band: John Mayer Trio
Genres: Funk, Fusion, Rock, R&B
Instruments: Drums, Bajo Sexto, Keyboards, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Voice
Occupation: Musician, Producer


In the late 1970s and early 1980s Steve Jordan played the drums in Paul Shaffer’s World’s Most Dangerous Band on Late Night with David Letterman and served as the house drummer for the Saturday Night Live. Having witnessed Steve Jordan’s rhythmic talents first hand, John Belushi and Dan Akroyd also invited him to tour with The Blues Brothers stage act. 

In addition to Steve Jordan’s unique work in television, he has been a highly demanded session drummer for more than 30 years. Steve Jordan's recording credits include names like The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Stevie Nicks, and Sheryl Crow.  More recently, Steve Jordan recorded with Alicia Keys, The Pretenders, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, Lyle Lovett, Patti Scialfa, John Mayer, John Scofield, and Herbie Hancock. 

Steve Jordan received a Grammy Award for his production work on Robert Cray’s Take Your Shoes Off and a nomination for Buddy Guy’s Bring ‘Em In. Steve Jordan has directed the music for Superbowl XL, the Martin Scorsese film Lightning in a Bottle, and the Kennedy Center Honors.

When pop star John Mayer decided to explore blues music, Steve Jordan joined the John Mayer Trio along with Pino Palladino. The "power-rockin', electric-guitar, in-your-face blues" band toured with The Rolling Stones during 2005. The trio also performed at the Grammy Awards that same year. Although the Trio dismantled in 2006, Steve Jordan continued to work with Mayer and produced his next album, Continuum.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1972 Silver City: A Celebration of 25 Years on Milestone Sonny Rollins
1975 Best of David Sanborn David Sanborn
1975 Brecker Bros. Collection, Vol. 1 Brecker Bros.
1975 Brecker Bros. Collection, Vol. 2 Brecker Bros.
1976 Body English Michal Urbaniak
1976 Hear and Now Don Cherry
1977 Cissy Houston Cissy Houston
1977 Evolution (The Most Recent) Taj Mahal
1977 Havana Candy Patti Austin
1977 Montreux Concert Don Pullen
1977 Phyllis Hyman Phyllis Hyman
1978 Back to Earth Cat Stevens
1978 Blue Montreux 2 Warren Bernhardt
1978 Blue Montreux, Vol. 2 Blue Montreux
1978 Blue Montreux, Vols. 1 & 2 Blue Montreux
1978 Blue Montreux Warren Bernhardt
1978 Blue Montreux Blue Montreux
1978 Briefcase Full of Blues The Blues Brothers
1978 Infinity Is Sonny Fortune
1978 Is It Still Good to Ya Ashford & Simpson
1978 Let It Be Now Helen Schnieder
1978 Live at Montreaux Ben Sidran
1978 My Favourite Fantasy Van McCoy
1978 Ocean of Love Stormin' Norman & Suzy
1978 Ruby, Ruby Gato Barbieri
1978 Serpentine Fire Mark Colby
1978 Spinozza David Spinozza
1979 Bottom Line John Mayall
1979 Float Into the Future Floaters
1979 If the Shoe Fits Ronnie Dyson
1979 Midnight Rendezvous Tasha Thomas
1979 Morning Dance Spyro Gyra
1979 One Good Turn Mark Colby
1979 Partners in Crime Rupert Holmes
1979 Perspective Stefan Grossman/Steve Grossman
1979 Sunbelt Herbie Mann
1979 To Touch You Again John Tropea
1979 Who's Who? John Scofield
1979 With Sound Reason Sonny Fortune
1980 Aretha Aretha Franklin
1980 Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers
1980 Carnaval Spyro Gyra
1980 Detente The Brecker Brothers
1980 Fame Original Soundtrack
1980 Made in America The Blues Brothers
1980 To Chi Ka Kazumi Watanabe
1981 Best of the Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers
1981 Eyewitness Steve Khan
1981 Mellow Herbie Mann
1982 Blades Steve Khan
1982 Flat Out Buck Dharma
1982 Gold Steely Dan
1982 Nightfly Donald Fagen
1983 Casa Loco Steve Khan
1983 City Kids Spyro Gyra
1983 Faster Than the Speed of Night Bonnie Tyler
1983 In Your Eyes George Benson
1983 Life Is Art Various Artists
1983 Local Hero Mark Knopfler
1983 Mobo, Vol. 1 Kazumi Watanabe
1983 Mobo, Vol. 2 Kazumi Watanabe
1983 Mobo, Vols. 1 & 2 Kazumi Watanabe
1984 Electric Outlet John Scofield
1985 Hearts and Numbers Don Grolnick w/ Michael Brecker
1985 Rock a Little Stevie Nicks
1985 So Red the Rose Arcadia
1986 Chris Hunter Chris Hunter
1986 Dirty Work The Rolling Stones
1986 Fahrenheit Toto
1986 Get Close The Pretenders
1986 Knife Feels Like Justice Brian Setzer
1986 Landing on Water Neil Young
1986 Upside Downside Mike Stern
1987 Camera Never Lies Michael Franks
1987 Hail! Hail! Rock 'N Roll [MCA] Chuck Berry
1987 Love Aztec Camera
1988 Close-Up David Sanborn
1988 Down in the Groove Bob Dylan
1988 If My Ancestors Could See Me Now Ivan Neville
1988 Indescribable Wow Sam Phillips
1988 Street Dreams Lyle Mays
1988 Talk Is Cheap Keith Richards
1988 Wish Feargal Sharkey
1989 End of the Innocence Don Henley
1989 Very Special Christmas Various Artists
1990 And the Horse They Rode in On Soul Asylum
1990 Brent Bourgeois Brent Bourgeois
1990 Brother's Keeper The Neville Brothers
1990 Slo Sco: The Best of Ballads John Scofield
1990 With Respect Mr. Fiddler
1991 Another Hand David Sanborn
1991 Better Days Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
1991 Funk of Ages Bernie Worrell
1991 Here's to the People Sonny Rollins
1991 Live at the Hollywood Palladium Keith Richards & the X-pensive Winos
1991 New Moon Shine James Taylor
1991 Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk The Fabulous Thunderbirds
1992 Don't Call Me Buckwheat Garland Jeffreys
1992 Hot Stuff: The Greatest Hits The Fabulous Thunderbirds
1992 In Z Mood Double Z
1992 Johnnie B. Bad Johnnie Johnson
1992 Main Offender Keith Richards
1992 Upfront David Sanborn
1992 Wicked As It Seems Keith Richards
1993 All I Want Is Everything: The Best of Southside Johnny Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
1993 Jericho The Band
1993 Lucky Thirteen Neil Young
1993 River of Dreams Billy Joel
1993 Screenplaying (Music from the Films ...) Mark Knopfler
1993 Tar Beach John Sebastian
1994 Best of Patti Austin Patti Austin
1994 Calello Serenade Charlie Orchestra Calello
1994 Hearsay David Sanborn
1994 Liquid Fire: The Best of John Scofield John Scofield
1994 Out of the Loop Brecker Brothers
1994 Somewhat Slightly Dazed Jeffrey Gaines
1994 Speed Original Soundtrack
1994 That's the Way It Should Be Booker T. & the MG's
1995 Chocolate Milk Charles & Eddie
1995 Johnnie Be Back Johnnie Johnson
1995 Roberta Roberta Flack
1995 Roll of the Dice The Fabulous Thunderbirds
1995 Thanks Ivan Neville
1995 Think With Your Heart Debbie Gibson
1996 Best of Blues Guitar Various Artists
1996 Boom T.M. Stevens Out of Control
1996 Fender 50th Anniversary Guitar Legends Various Artists
1996 Groovy, Vol. 1: A Collection of Rare Jazzy Club Track Various Artists
1996 Numbers/Izitso/Back to Earth Cat Stevens
1996 Songs from the Night Before David Sanborn
1996 Total Total
1997 Alta Suciedad Andres Calamaro
1997 Deuces Wild B.B. King
1997 He Leadeth Me Cissy Houston
1997 High Water The Fabulous Thunderbirds
1997 Jazz Fusion, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1997 Still Waters The Bee Gees
1997 Tiger Walk Robben Ford
1997 Trial and Error Original Soundtrack
1997 Tribute to Jeff Porcaro David Garfield & Friends
1998 Enchanted: The Works of Stevie Nicks Stevie Nicks
1998 Gentleman's Blues Cracker
1998 Groovin' High: The Drums Project on the 3 Various Artists
1998 Kima, Keisha & Pam Total
1998 River of Dreams Billy Joel
1998 Very Best of Stacy Lattisaw Stacy Lattisaw
1999 Born Again Savage Little Steven
1999 Tuesday's Child Amanda Marshall
2000 Deuces Wild B.B. King
2000 Door Keb' Mo'
2000 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 James Taylor
2001 Concert for New York City Various Artists
2001 Dig [Bonus DVD] Boz Scaggs
2001 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 James Taylor
2001 Mellow/Hold On, I'm Coming Herbie Mann
2001 Mystic Fiddler Lorenza Ponce
2001 On the Road to Find Out Cat Stevens
2001 Sing a Happy Song: The Warner Bros. Recordings Taj Mahal
2001 Very Best of Patti Austin: The Singles (1969-1986) Patti Austin
2002 Best of the Atlantic Years Herbie Mann
2002 C'mon, C'mon Sheryl Crow
2002 Christmas Spirit...In My House Joey Ramone
2002 Keep It Coming 20 Miles
2002 Nightfly Donald Fagen
2002 Plastic Fang Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
2002 Standing in the Shadows of Motown Original Soundtrack
2002 Swingin' Down The Lane Will Bradley
2002 Very Best of Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson
2003 At Last Cyndi Lauper
2003 Best of James Taylor James Taylor
2003 Darker Blues Various Artists
2003 Diary of Alicia Keys Alicia Keys
2003 Dragonfly Ziggy Marley
2003 Fame [Bonus Tracks] Original Soundtrack
2003 Happy 55 Lucky Gaijin a Go-Go
2003 Heavier Things John Mayer
2003 Introducing...Ricky FantÈ Ricky FantÈ
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey Original Soundtrack
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Keb Mo Keb' Mo'
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Best of the B Various Artists
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Soul of a Man Original Soundtrack
2003 Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology Jaco Pastorius
2003 Reprise Russell Watson
2003 Smile Lyle Lovett
2004 23rd Street Lullaby Patti Scialfa
2004 American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics Various Artists
2004 Best of the Commitments Commitments
2004 CTI Master Collection, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2004 Damage Blues Explosion
2004 Far from Enough Viktor Krauss
2004 If I Ain't Got You Alicia Keys
2004 Lightning in a Bottle Original Soundtrack
2004 Onyx Root Michael Powers
2004 Our Kind of Soul Daryl Hall & John Oates
2004 Rewind Ricky FantÈ
2004 Sean Costello Sean Costello
2004 Standing in the Shadows of Motown: Deluxe Edition Original Soundtrack
2005 Bring 'Em In Buddy Guy
2005 Cast of Characters: The Rupert Holmes Songbook Rupert Holmes
2005 Cissy Houston Collection Cissy Houston
2005 Crunchy, Pt. 1 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
2005 Devils & Dust Bruce Springsteen
2005 Different Strokes by Different Folks Various Artists
2005 Dukes of Hazzard Original Soundtrack
2005 Four Brothers David Arnold
2005 Gold The Neville Brothers
2005 Gold Cat Stevens
2005 Grammy Nominees 2005 Various Artists
2005 Heavier Things John Mayer
2005 Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now Various Artists
2005 My Funny Valentine: Sting at the Movies Sting
2005 Our Kind of Soul Daryl Hall & John Oates
2005 Possibilities Herbie Hancock
2005 Robots Original Soundtrack
2005 That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of John Scofield
2005 Tribute to Jeff Revisited David Garfield
2005 Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert John Mayer Trio
2006 Annabella Libby Johnson
2006 Can't Quit the Blues Buddy Guy
2006 Cars Original Soundtrack
2006 Cat Stevens Box Set Cat Stevens
2006 Continuum John Mayer
2006 I'm Alive Garland Jeffreys
2006 Pirate Radio The Pretenders
2006 Polaris Music Prize: 2006 Nominees Various Artists
2006 Road to Escondido J.J. Cale/Eric Clapton
2006 Sneakin' Up Behind You: The Very Best of the Brecker Brecker Brothers
2006 Sonny, Please Sonny Rollins
2006 Striving Tim Woodson
2007 2007 Grammy Nominees Various Artists
2007 As I Am Alicia Keys
2007 Breathe: The Relaxing Jazz Guitar Various Artists
2007 Commitments Original Soundtrack
2007 Continuum John Mayer
2007 Definitive Blues Brothers Collection The Blues Brothers
2007 Definitive Collection Robert Cray
2007 Get Close Pretenders
2007 Just the Hits 2007 Various Artists
2007 Knife Feels Like Justice/Live Nude Guitars Brian Setzer
2007 Play It as It Lays Patti Scialfa
2007 Polaris Music Prize: 2007 Nominees Various Artists
2007 Powerful Stuff/Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk The Fabulous Thunderbirds
2007 Village Sessions John Mayer
2008 Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles John Mayer
2008 Jenny Scheinman Jenny Scheinman
2008 Like a Fire Solomon Burke
2008 Ningen Nanimono Captain Straydum
2008 I Am...Sasha Fierce Beyonce
2008 Forgiven Los Lonely Boys
2008 Decade Clifton Anderson
2008 Cadillac Records (Movie Soundtrack) Cadillac Records
2009 Soulbook Rod Stewart
2009 Forever in a Day Day26
2009 Vintage Vinos Keith Richards
2010 The Commitments: Rarities Edition The Commitments
2010 On the Route 7609 John Mellencamp
2011 The Singles: 1971-2006 The Rolling Stones
2011 The King of In Between Garland Jeffreys
2011 The Collection Mariah Carey
2011 The Funk Capital of the World Bootsy Collins
2011 Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Roayales Steve Cropper
2012 Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen
2012 Warmer/Terrafrom Randy VanWarmer
2012 Unorthodox Jukebox Bruno Mars
2012 The Complete Arista Albums Collection The Brecker Brothers
2012 Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998 Aretha Franklin
2012 GRRR! The Rolling Stones
2012 Country, God or the Girl K'NAAN
2012 Casey Abrams Casey Abrams
2012 AM/FM Rita Wilson
2012 ...Ya Know? Joey Ramone
2013 Truth Serum Garland Jeffreys
2013 Three Kings TGT
2013 The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1 Bob Dylan
2013 Spitfire LeAnn Rimes
2013 Say the Words Wanting
2013 Powerful Stuff/Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk The Fabulous Thunderbirds
2013 Memphis Boz Scaggs
2013 Love for Levon: A Benefit to Save the Barn Various Artists
2013 12/12/12 A Concert for Sandy Relief Various Artists
2014 Roadshows Vol. 3 Sonny Rollins
2014 Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Brown Various Artists
2014 In My Soul Robert Cray Band
2014 Eve Angelique Kidjo
2014 Black Beehive Bighead Todd & The Monsters
2014 BLUES Americana Keb'Mo


  • Steve Jordan cannot be pigeonholed into one role--he plays drums, guitar, percussion, keyboards, and bass in addition to being a musical director, producer, and songwriter.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Yamaha
Cymbals: Paiste
Sticks: Vic Firth

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