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Ben Sidran

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Ben Sidran has been a major force in the modern day history of jazz and rock and roll, having played keyboards with or produced such artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller.

It's been a long and varied journey for Sidran—from playing boogie-woogie piano as a six year old in Racine, Wisconsin, leaning into his jazz records, “literally like an Eskimo huddled around a fire,” to growing up to play boogie-woogie piano around the world. Despite the reality that he is better known in Europe and Japan than in America—a fact of life for most jazz musicians—Ben Sidran is an American success story.

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Swing State

Label: Nardis
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1. Lullaby of the Leaves 05:19 2. Swing State 06:10 3 Laura 05:35 4. Ain't Misbehavin 04:53 5. Stompin' at the Savoy 04:49 6. Somewhere Over The Rainbow 04:00 7. Tuxedo Junction 05:09 8. Laura - Alt Take 05:57

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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

Read "Ben Sidran At 79: Simplicity Will Get You In The End" reviewed by Leo Sidran


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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Benny Goodman, Erskine Hawkins & Ben Sidran

Read "Benny Goodman, Erskine Hawkins & Ben Sidran" reviewed by Joe Dimino


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 ...

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News: Recording

Ben Sidran's First All-Instrumental Album, 'Swing State,' Set For Sept 16 Release On Nardis Records, Distributed By Bonsai

Ben Sidran's First All-Instrumental Album, 'Swing State,' Set For Sept 16 Release On Nardis Records, Distributed By Bonsai

Sixty years into a wildly accomplished career that counts music as only the foremost of many aspects, Ben Sidran takes yet another new direction with the September 16 release of Swing State (Bonsai/Nardis). Long known for his lively, bluesy singing style (in the vein of his mentor Mose Allison), the 78-year-old finally gives his vocal cords ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Jazz Geminis Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Jazz Geminis Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pianist Ben Sidran, guitarist Margaret Slovak, Queen Kong, vocalists Cathy Segal-Garcia, Melody Gardot and Carol Lipnik with birthday shoutouts to Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Clora Bryant, Adison Evans, Denise Donatelli, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Mala Waldron, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lightbulb Moments

Read "Lightbulb Moments" reviewed by H William Stine


They don't happen often and they don't happen to everyone. But if one does happen to you, it could change your life. Of course I'm talking about an IRS audit. Of course I'm not talking about an IRS audit. I'm talking about those out-of-the-blue, eye-opening moments of inspiration or maybe self-discovery. One thing: they're always moments ...

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The Art Of Conversation

Label: Nardis Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Row On; The Art Of Conversation; Trying Times; Georgette; Song For A Sucker Like You.

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Article: Book Review

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

Read "There Was A Fire: Jews, Music, And The American Dream" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


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 ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Peter Jones


Considering he reached the ripe old age of 37 before recording an album, Jon Hendricks' jazz legacy is remarkable. Although a singer, in his head he was more of an instrumentalist. When he improvised, he would imitate the tenor saxophone, the flute, the trombone, or the double-bass. His professional singing career lasted from 1932, when he ...


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