Princeton alumnus Stanley Jordan ’81 is considered one of the greatest living jazz guitarists and all-around musical genius. Princeton is thrilled to welcome him back to campus to share his knowledge and experience with the Princeton community. Observe an open masterclass where Jordan will work and perform with current students from the Department of Music’s Jazz Program. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music.

Tickets and Details

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets required; reserve tickets through University Ticketing.

Get directions to the Lee Music Room and find other venue information for the arts complex.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the maximum extent, which now includes a COVID booster shot for all eligible to receive it, and to wear a mask when indoors. Please note that the performer may be unmasked while presenting.


symbol for wheelchair accessibilityThe event space is wheelchair accessible. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations. Guests in need of access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least one week in advance of the event date.

About Stanley Jordan

stanley jordan with black hair framing his face holding guitarStanley Jordan ’81 is a guitarist and composer who has made a major impact on the music scene since his rise to fame in the mid-80s. He is widely regarded as the foremost exponent of the touch, or tapping technique, which extends the musical possibilities of the guitar. In a recent article by Guitar World Magazine entitled “40 Guitarists Who Changed Our World Since 1980,” Jordan was listed in the top five.

To date he has received four Grammy nominations and his album Magic Touch was Billboard’s #1 Jazz album for 51 weeks. He has done many TV appearances through the years including Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Arsenio Hall, and Jimmy Fallon. He played a cameo role in the movie Blind Date with Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger.

Jordan has performed or recorded with a wide variety of artists including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Sharon Isbin. His guitar work on Kenny Rogers’ “Morning Desire” helped make that track the #1 country song of 1986.

During his undergrad years at Princeton, Jordan performed with Jazz greats Benny Carter and Dizzy Gillespie at Alexander Hall. He studied computer music with Paul Lansky and theory and composition with Milton Babbitt. He also did a stint as a DJ at WPRB.

Since his graduation, he has performed in over 70 countries on six continents. He has authored articles in music theory and computer science journals, and he is currently an artist/spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association.


Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Department of Music