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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Profile Of Chicano Musician Esteban Jordan
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Music, Profiles
Linda Fregoso
Esteban Jordan
Apr 18, 1981

Profile of Chicano musician Esteban Jordan

Esteban Jordan discusses his career as a Chicano musician, his experiences in the recording industry and the origins of his unique sound. Jordan talks about the creative constraints he has experienced in the recording industry, where producers have been unwilling to take chances on innovative sounds and instead have pressured him to keep playing polkas. He then describes how he started playing the guitar when he was seven and working in the fields with his family. He later picked up the accordion and dropped out of school at age ten to form his own band. His early experiences with migrant life has inspired his music and his commitment to the Chicano community and to farm workers. He then discusses his participation in the farm workers’ march from San Juan, Texas to Washington D.C. Jordan believes his music is not political. He explains that he sings about the realities facing the community and what is happening so as to inform people and encourage them to organize themselves. Jordan describes his music as eclectic: he uses different techniques and styles to re-interpret traditional music. He then talks a little bit about his band and how it has changed over the years. Jordan’s eldest son is also a musician and he plays with his father. Host Linda Fregoso interviews him briefly about his father’s music and plans for the future. Jordan concludes that his music tries to blend American and Chicano sounds.


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