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Ben Sidran

Ben Sidran - piano, vocal, arranger, producer, author, educator Ben Sidran, a master of many trades in music and media, makes your average Renaissance man look like a slacker. Jazz pianist of international renown, lyricist of a rock classic, award-winning national broadcaster, record and video producer, scholar, author, journalist, and father to a second generation musical prodigy, Sidran has been a major player in modern jazz, rock and pop for over forty years. Ben Sidran is more widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio’s landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive”, which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. Born in Chicago in 1943"his father was a friend of Saul Bellow's"Sidran was raised in the industrial lakeshore city of Racine, Wisconsin, going up to Madison to play keyboards at frat houses parties while still a teenager in 1960

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Sidran: Who's The Old Guy Now

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For the second year in a row, I talk to my dad, musician/producer/journalist/philosopher Ben Sidran in honor of his birthday. This time he's turning 77, and we consider his recent projects, including the books “The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma" and “There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream," and his latest single “Look Who's ...

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Meet Leo Sidran

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About Leo Leo Sidran is a Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist musician, producer, arranger, composer, recording artist, and podcast host. After playing professionally as a teen-ager with the legendary Steve Miller Band he established himself as a versatile artist, as much at ease as a band-leader (with six albums in his discography) as he is producing other musicians ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma

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The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma Ben Sidran 284 Pages ISBN: 978-0578556604 Nardis Books 2020 Le vicende personali e l'attività professionale di Tommy LiPuma sono il soggetto privilegiato di quest'appassionante biografia scritta da Ben Sidran. Scomparso nel 2017, LiPuma è stato un protagonista della produzione discografica jazz e rock ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma

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The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma Ben Sidran 286 pages ISBN: #978-0578556604 Nardis Books 2020 Keyboardist, vocalist, composer and author, plus long-time compatriot of none other than 'The Space Cowboy' himself, Steve Miller, Ben Sidran is the epitome of well-crafted spontaneity. As was, in his own inimitable fashion, musician/producer/entrepreneur ...

Take Five with Markus Rutz

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Meet Markus Rutz Markus Rutz plays trumpet with bluesy, soulful style and a tone that has been called gorgeous. He composes music from his home base in jny: Chicago, Illinois where he also performs modern jazz. As described by Downbeat's J.D. Considine, with his “big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing," trumpet player, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Remembering Richie Cole

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Saxophonist Richie Cole died on May 2, 2020. He lived a jazz life all the way. His playing, his demeanor and his philosophy were all contained in his catchphrase / modus operandi: Alto Madness. This episode revisits conversations with him over the years, as well as recent chats with Janis Siegel and Ben Sidran about their ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Stop Me If You've Heard It Before: Musicians Telling Jokes

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What do we need right now in these adverse times? We turn to our spirit guides, our philosopher kings, our rabbis: the musicians. Because although this particular form of adversity is new, musicians have been choosing to feel good in spite of adverse conditions for a long time. In this episode, we explore the ...

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The Ballad Of Tommy LiPuma

Read "The Ballad Of Tommy LiPuma" reviewed by Ben Sidran

The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 1: Growing Up Cleveland" of The Ballad Of Tommy LiPuma by Ben Sidran (Nardis Books, 2020). When Tommy wasn't in the barbershop or working with the Sammy Dee band, he was sitting in at local nightclubs, trying to get his saxophone chops together. It was all ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Ben Sidran Shuffle

Read "The Ben Sidran Shuffle" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A discography that spans five-decades is hard to squeeze in a little more than an hour. To show the many stylistic sides of pianist, singer and composer (but also producer, musicologist, journalist, scholar and all-around jazz statesman) Ben Sidran, we have put together this playlist which shuffles back and forth between his early and late albums. ...


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