Los Angeles-based composer, pianist and orchestrator Jordan Seigel possesses an expressive, original voice in a stunning variety of media. Whether scoring projects for film and television or performing and improvising before rapt audiences on stages around the world, Seigel approaches every pursuit with the same mission in mind: to create music that truly moves people.
His original music for films and television includes Focus Features’ Half Brothers and the musical comedy Lucky Stiff. He has also contributed additional music for Jordan Peele’s revival of The Twilight Zone, the crime drama Godfather of Harlem, the Revolutionary War thriller TURN: Washington’s Spies, and the dystopian Young Adult adaptation The Giver, among many others. Seigel’s score for the short film Cosmic Fling won “Best Score” at the Sulmona International Film Festival. In addition to being featured on numerous high-profile playlists, his soundtrack for Half Brothers received praise from Variety and Slashfilm.
Seigel’s first credits were as a performer, playing the piano on-screen in Glee and behind the scenes on The X Factor. He’s since performed on a wide variety of projects, including The Simpsons, The Morning Show, The Bob’s Burgers Movie, The Last of Us, Deadwood: The Movie, and Perry Mason. He is also the featured pianist for the various new Apple TV+ Peanuts series/specials, including The Snoopy Show, which finds him following in the venerable footsteps of legendary pianist Vince Guaraldi.
As an in-demand orchestrator, Seigel’s credits include Ant-Man and the Wasp, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The LEGO Movie 2, The Bob’s Burgers Movie, A Christmas Story Christmas, The Willoughbys, and WandaVision. He has also crafted arrangements for the National Symphony Orchestra’s concerts at the Kennedy Center with superstars like Ne-Yo, Common and Babyface.
A Los Angeles native, Seigel’s gifts were evident at an early age, earning him a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. During his time on the east coast he studied with such greats as Danilo Pérez, Fred Hersch, and Aaron Goldberg, and garnered a number of accolades including the Alex Ulanowski Award in Composition, the Michael Rendish Award in Film Scoring, and two Jazz Performance Awards.
With his multi-faceted debut album, Beyond Images, Seigel brought together his foremost passions with a scintillating and eclectic collection of original songs inspired by cinema’s greatest composers. Beyond Images, a Downbeat Editor’s Pick, combines the inventiveness and interplay of jazz with the transportive emotional power of the best film scores, crafting an evocative soundtrack for imaginary scenes possessing the spine-tingling suspense of a Hitchcock thriller or the heartbreaking sweep of a doomed romance.
Seigel has maintained an active role on the L.A. jazz scene, playing with such acclaimed artists as Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Graham Dechter and the Bill Holman Big Band, and performing on such prestigious stages as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Playboy Jazz Festival and the Beantown Jazz Festival.