Esteban Jordan is “El Parche”
San Antonio’s Esteban Jordan has been called “the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion” for his unmatched skill and innovation on the diatonic accordion. While primarily a conjunto musician, Jordan’s career has carried him all over the musical map with several jazz, rock, and country recordings to his name. The distinctive eye patch that earned Jordan his nickname “El Pache” is the result of a childhood injury that left him partially blind. The injury forced Esteban off the fields where he worked as migrant farmer and into the company of the famed father of conjunto music, Valerio Longoria, where he quickly learned to play the accordion. For Texas Music Matters Alex Avila visits the man behind the patch.