Esteban “Steve” Jordan also known as "El Parche," "the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion," "the accordion wizard," and other monikers. But when he is called "the best accordionist ever by other accordionist, it is the highest of accolades. Born to a migrant farm worker family and partially blinded as an infant, Esteban couldn't join the rest of the family in the fields, so was left with the older migrants who could no longer work. At a very young age he was introduced to conjunto music, especially the accordion playing of Valerio Longoria. At the time , Longoria would follow the community of of migrant farm workers and play for them in the labor camps. These circumstances brought the two together and the young Esteban mastered the instrument quickly. He then took up other instruments, most notably the guitar, and now, by his own account, he can play 35 different instruments. While he has remained close to his traditional conjunto roots, he has never limited himself musically. More than any other accordionist, Jordan pushes the diatonic accordion to its limits, both musically and physically, playing traditional conjunto, rock, jazz, salsa, zydeco and more.
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