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Jordan West is currently a student at Ball State, finishing her degree in creative writing while working on several projects that utilize her passion for music.  She participates in the top Jazz Ensemble and Combo under the direction of Mark Buselli. While being a full time student, she works throughout the Midwest as a freelance player. In addition to many music venues and private events, she has performed at the Central Illinois Jazz Festival and the Grugelfest Jazz Festival, and will be traveling to Clearwater, Florida this November to perform at the Suncoast Jazz Festival. She has also performed in Beijing and Chengdu, China. In addition to teaching lessons, Jordan has also taught young drummers at the Strings and Jazzy Things summer camp and the Girls Create Music camp, both in the Indianapolis area. Recently, she received a scholarship from the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation.

Jordan also leads, writes, drums, and sings in her own group, Trackless. It is in this setting that her multitude of musical influences intersect, creating a unique writing, singing, and playing style. She is vocally and stylistically inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Nora Jones, Fiona Apple, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles. When it comes to drumming, she is heavily influenced by Steve Gadd, Mike Clark, Zigaboo Modeliste, Steve Jordan, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, David Garibaldi, Gene Krupa, and Max Roach, to name a few. She listens to every kind of music and tries to incorporate aspects from all styles into her writing. Her original music has been featured on WCRD, WBKE, WBOI, and 98.9 The Bear radio stations.