In 21 short years, Jordan Tice and his guitar have gone places that people twice his age can only imagine. Drawing from his roots in bluegrass, studies of jazz and classical composition, and love of traditional music of all types, Jordan synthesizes diverse elements into something new.
Starting with the Allman Brothers and an electric guitar at age 12, Jordan got into bluegrass through his parents who are bluegrass musicians themselves. Bluegrass gave him a medium to develop his craft naturally as well as begin to write his own music. Concurrently, he studied jazz and classical guitar which helped him develop greater conceptual and technical understanding of the guitar as well as music theory. He is currently a senior music composition major at Towson University on full scholarship where he has written for jazz ensembles as well as classical chamber groups.
He has toured Europe and the US with bluegrass groups as well as lead his own. He has released two albums as a leader on Patuxent Records as well as one as a part of the trio, "Corbett, Chrisman, and Tice" with Wes Corbett on banjo and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer.
In his most recent solo project, "Long Story", Jordan has achieved an engaging, natural, and extremely musical work. Utilizing the talents of Noam Pikelny on banjo, Casey Driessen on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro, and Mark Schatz on bass, Jordan composed tunes that, as Chris Eldridge writes in the liner notes, "sound and feel natural on bluegrass instruments while gently opening the door to a much wider world of musical influence". "Long Story" is focused yet diverse. Blending memorable melodies with more modern sounds and compositional techniques, Jordan consolidates a large world of musical influence into a collection of music that is complex enough to intrigue musicians across genres while remaining eminently listenable.
Jordan is currently working to form a group to play his music live. He is also constantly writing new music and developing his guitar playing to further realize his place in the musical world. As a tireless, broad-minded listener, Jordan's interests range from Swedish fiddle music to rap, Be-bop to Bartok, Beethoven to Bulgarian. He distills what he likes from each and it becomes part of his own music. Musicians from many genres have found in Jordan, someone who is intuitive, yet analytical, who is able to see the big picture and expand it.