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Leo Sidran

I'm a multi instrumentalist musician, producer, arranger, composer, recording artist, and podcast host. I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, which is sometimes referred to as 70 square miles surrounded by reality. My father, Ben Sidran, another multifaceted music man, provided my early musical sustenance. My mother, a weaver and travel agent, provided texture and safe passage. I got my start writing songs professionally as a teenager when the Steve Miller Band recorded four of my songs for their 1993 Wide River album. My father was working with Miller at the time, which is how I made the connection, but even then, at the ripe old age of 15, I was interested in production

Album

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

For John Medeski music has always been about healing

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For John Medeski, music has always been about healing. “Music just kind of sucked me up," he says. “For me having music was a great way to deal with the hard things in life.Best known as one-third of the avant-garde jazz / funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood along with Billy Martin and Chris ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Emmet Cohen has one foot in the tradition, and another in the future

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Within about a week of home quarantine in March 2020, pianist Emmet Cohen started live-streaming shows every Monday night from his apartment in Harlem.At first it was just Cohen and his bandmates, drummer Kyle Poole and bassist Russell Hall, set up in Cohen's living room. Eventually they started inviting guests, and Emmet's Place became ...

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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

The Montreal Jazz Festival Is Back In Full Swing

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After a two-year slowdown due to COVID, the Montreal International Jazz Festival came back this year. I had been there a couple times, in and out, as a musician. I went this year to cover the festival's full return for The Third Story. When you're a musician at a festival like MJF, the job ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stacey Kent reflects on tension, collaboration, and the art of interpretation

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Stacey Kent says she tends to be attracted to the “feeling of unrest," and she thinks that her fans like to feel it too. Over the course of a 30 year career that has produced over 20 albums (including including the Grammy-nominated Breakfast On The Morning Tram), Stacey has mined that feeling again and again in ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ryan Lerman Of Scary Pockets On Trusting The Process And Viral Fame

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Ryan Lerman has a few tricks up his sleeve. Best known as the co-founder of Scary Pockets, a dynamic funk band from LA who came to prominence on YouTube, Ryan is also an accomplished singer songwriter, bassist, arranger and producer. Here he talks about his happy place ("in the middle of business thinking and artistry"), what ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Matthew Stevens: on collaboration, production, gear and career

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Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players

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From an early age, Walter Smith III began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in jny:Houston]} with another saxophonist. I took a solo on &#147;Blue Bossa." It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?" <br /><br ...


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