For more than a quarter century, Jordan von Haslow has engaged audiences around the world with his charismatic brand of bubbly confidence, dynamic artistry and honest lyrical interpretation.
Jordan von Haslow’s much anticipated return to the stage occurred on a lark in 2017 when he was invited to revive his nightclub act at Chicago cabaret room, Davenport’s. The result was Homecoming, a collection of favorite songs that he had learned and performed in saloons and theatres over the previous 25-plus years. The run was successful, and he quickly resumed a busy schedule of live and recording engagements.
In 2018, von Haslow returned to the recording studio for the first time in for the first time in 17 years as featured vocalist on the Devin Tait-produced Wendy Ho track, Anyone Can Break Somebody’s Heart and Hotel Terminus. He returned to Davenport’s that same year in Rhapsody in George!, a celebration of George Gershwin’s 120th birthday. 2019 sees the re-release of This Can Be the Start of Something, as well as a full schedule of nightclub appearances.
Von Haslow began his career as a child in a world premiere musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, followed by a supporting role in Beauty & the Beast and his off-Broadway debut in Beginnings. He was soon accepted into The Chicago Academy for the Arts, where he studied classical vocal performance. In 1996, while still in school, he joined the cast of the acclaimed play, Mad Joy, which—following a tour of Germany—had a limited run at the Steppenwolf Theatre. The piece was subsequently filmed for PBS.
Prior to his senior year, von Haslow was accepted into Northwestern University’s National High School Institute “Cherub” program, where he majored in Music. His studies there directly led to his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999, were he was invited to perform the Schubert Mass in B-Flat. That same year, he joined the Irish Reperatory of Chicago for what would become two years of touring the plays The Interrogation and Road to Freedom.
Von Haslow made his Australian debut alongside cafe society legend Julie Wilson, at the 2000 Sydney Cabaret Convention. He bi-annually returned to the city, performing his nightclub act venues including Arq, The Glen Street Theatre, and The Albury Hotel. In 2000, he joined the Illinois Theatre Center in the regional premiere of the musical Stars in Your Eyes.
Von Haslow returned to Sydney in 2001 to record his debut album, This Could Be the Start of Something, for Voix Chic Records. He later returned to the United States to perform the role of Lun Tha in a run of The King & I. This was followed by a standing nightclub engagement at the High Spirits Room in New York City, as
well as the premiere of Bosom Buddies at Don’t Tell Mama.
In 2002, he made a series of nightclub appearances across the US in support of his record release. Later that year, he received rave reviews for his performance in the off-Broadway musical revue, Mad About the Boy. In 2003, he garnered a supporting role in the off-Broadway play, Myself & I.
From 2000 to 2006, von Haslow could be regularly seen on the New York City cabaret and jazz club circuit, at venues including The Duplex, Chez Suzette’s, Orbit East, St. Nick’s Pub and Lenox Lounge. He played a six-month 2004 engagement at Revival in Harlem. In 2005, he held a monthly residency at Chelsea jazz bar, Kava Haz. The same year, he took his act to the historical listening room, O’Dette’s, in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
2006 saw von Haslow journey to the Jersey Shore to star in a benefit of the Bill Russell song cycle, Elegies… for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens. He stayed with the company for three years, starring in the musical revues Too Marvelous for Words: Johnny Mercer, The Main Event: Songs from the Movies and the holiday musical, That Time of Year. In 2008, he played the role of Kaine in Flaherty and Ahrens’ Dessa Rose. He starred in a reading of Ward James Riley’s latest play, Forget About Me, in 2009.
Von Haslow was a founding member of the preeminent New York vocal ensemble, Essential Voices USA from 2009 to 2011. Appearing regularly with the New York Pops in its Carnegie Hall subscription series, the collective shared the stage and collaborated with operatic, Broadway and popular music luminaries, including: Harolyn Blackwell, Marilyn Maye, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marni Nixon, Kelli O’Hara, Jubilant Sykes, Paolo Szot and Stephen Sondheim. Additionally, their repertoire encompassed a vast musical spectrum. Programs included the music of lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe, How the Grinch Stole Christmas with the New York City Ballet and Leonard Bernstein’s choral masterpiece, Chichester Psalms.
Following a run in the off-Broadway production of Sgouros and Bell’s The Phantom of the Opera, von Haslow retired from performance in 2011, embarking on a new career phase as a writer and studio executive. He created the radio and web soap opera, Our World, serving as both showrunner and head writer. He later joined Time Warner, where he was ultimately promoted to Senior Researcher, Entertainment & Networks, supporting executive-level production, editorial and programming talent acquisition activities for HBO, Turner Broadcasting, Time Inc. and Warner Bros.
Hollywood came calling when Sony Pictures Entertainment recruited von Haslow be the studio’s first-ever Global Head of Talent Sourcing. Following a consulting engagement at NBCUniversal, where he led recruitment for the global Ad Sales organization, his final corporate role was as Head of US Talent Acquisition for Canadian studio and record label group, Entertainment One. In 2018, he was elected Board President of Los Angeles-based non-profit Entertainment Aid Alliance, a role he holds to this day.