Nominated for 2015 Jazz Journalists Association Awards Best Book
Voted #2 Best Book for the JazzTimes Readers Poll 2014
NPR's "All Things Considered" Interview with Sheila Jordan: Click here to listen
Reviewed on "Fresh Air" w/Terry Gross by Kevin Whitehead: Click here to listen
"The eagerly anticipated biography, Jazz Child : a Portrait of Sheila Jordan, as written by Ellen Johnson, offers a tantalizing peek into Jordan's musical and personal adventures, complete with the depiction of her struggles with poverty and alcohol, exulting in her ultimate triumph over those circumstances. It is a truly American success story, with its heroine finally giving up the 'day job,' in her fifties, to live a life totally entrenched in her jazz." (Huffington Post)
COMING THIS FALL!!!
Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan released in paperback!!!
“It’s about time that somebody wrote a book about Sheila Jordan…people need to hear something real that’s going to make a difference in their life. This is a message that the world needs.”
-Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master
"Ellen Johnson's portrait of Sheila Jordan captures the warmth, modesty, determination and sublime creativity of a unique woman who's become a jazz master and American cultural hero."
-Howard Mandel, president Jazz Journalists Association