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Ben Sidran: If You Can't Laugh At Life You're Through

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In a career spanning over fifty years and thirty five records, Ben Sidran has established himself as a philosopher poet. Equally celebrated for his precise, probing writing style as he is for his improvised spoken word jazz raps, he has carved out a truly unique space for himself. The Times of London aptly described Ben as “the world's first existential jazz rapper," and The Chicago Sun Times once referred to him as “a renaissance man cast adrift in the modern ...

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Ben Sidran at 80: This is your life

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Ben Sidran At 79: Simplicity Will Get You In The End

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For the fourth year in a row, I talked to my dad, musician/producer/journalist/philosopher Ben Sidran in honor of his birthday. This time he's turning 79 and we consider the sociological implications of mowing the lawn, Donald Fagen's solo recordings, the significance of the 1960s in popular culture today, Pharoah Sanders album Pharoah's First (ESP), interviews he conducted in the 1980s with Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, the myth of Sisyphus, his most recent album Swing State (Nardis), and his idea ...

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Benny Goodman, Erskine Hawkins & Ben Sidran

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Pianist of lyricist Ben Sidran begins the 763rd Episode of Neon Jazz with a song off his beautiful new album Swing State. It just so happens that he was the 2,000th full interview for the program. Following Ben's take on “Tuxedo Junction," we hear Erskine Hawkins's version. From there, we present a nice crop of music from Ariane Racicot and Alex Lakusta. We also hear new material from master drummer Michael Carvin and the organist Brian Charette. Classic tunes from ...

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Book Review

There Was A Fire: Jews, Music, And The American Dream

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There Was A Fire: Jews, Music, And The American Dream Ben Sidran 405 Pages ISBN: # 9780578800691 Nardis Books 2021 Ben Sidran has established himself as a formidable talent in the jazz world as both a pianist and a songwriter. He has recorded almost forty solo albums and appeared as a session musician for artists ranging from Jon Hendricks and Georgie Fame to Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones. His talent, however, ...

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Ben Sidran at 78: This is the other side

Read "Ben Sidran at 78: This is the other side" reviewed by Leo Sidran


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Book Review

Ben Sidran, There Was A Fire

Read "Ben Sidran, There Was A Fire" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


There Was a Fire-Jews Musica and the American Dream [Nuova edizione] Ben Sidran 404 pagine ISBN: # 978-0-578-77359-9 Nardis Books 2021 Esce in queste settimane negli Stati Uniti la nuova edizione—revisionata e aggiornata a tutto il 2020—del fondamentale volume di Ben Sidran del 2012, che delinea il contributo della comunità ebraica immigrata sulla musica popolare americana e il jazz. Musicista e produttore di primo piano (una trentina di dischi ...


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