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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


The Art Of Conversation

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


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SG Goodman: Keep It Humble

Read "SG Goodman: Keep It Humble" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Singer-songwriter SG Goodman on growing up in a farming family in Western Kentucky before becoming a beacon for the progressive south, how music in many ways saved her life when she had to leave her farm life behind, and also gave her a way to honor her family's southern storytelling tradition, and how to maintain that ...


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Imogen Heap: Here come the Heapsters

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Imogen Heap has to put her daughter to bed, then she can talk about what she's been working on. She can tell you about her latest single, “Last Night Of An Empire" which she released on December 9th. Coincidentally, that's also the day she launched The Creative Passport, a verified digital ID for Music Makers. In ...


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Reflections on Clyde Stubblefield

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Reflections on the life and legacy of Clyde Stubblefield, often called the world's most sampled drummer or “the original funky drummer," on the occasion of what would have been his 78th birthday. Including interviews and live recordings with him going back to 1972. This episode features conversations with Clyde and Ben Sidran, anecdotes about ...

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Leila Cobo: Decoding Despacito

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Before she became a journalist, writer, novelist, television show host, and the editor of Latin music coverage for Billboard magazine, Leila Cobo played the piano. She moved from her home in Colombia to New York to study classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music. Music was her mode of transportation.Eventually she channeled her ...


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Bob Reynolds: Running The Changes

Read "Bob Reynolds: Running The Changes" reviewed by Leo Sidran

This year musicians and creative people have had to confront themselves, their work, and their ambitions head on, and Bob Reynolds is no exception. But unlike so many of us, Bob already had some mechanisms in place to process that struggle in a creative way. Bob is a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, composer, and educator known for ...


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Boz Scaggs: "It's Like Magic, What We Do."

Read "Boz Scaggs: "It's Like Magic, What We Do."" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Just hearing the name Boz Scaggs evokes a feeling. It's a hip, laid back, soulful, approachable feeling. It's a southern thing. But it's a jny: San Francisco thing too. He is, as his most recent record proclaims, Out Of the Blues. But he's played his share of rock and roll, r&b, and even jazz too.


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Covid Chronicles, Vol. 1: Reunion Episode

Read "Covid Chronicles, Vol. 1: Reunion Episode" reviewed by Leo Sidran

In March 2020, just as the world was closing under the advancing cloud of Covid 19, I spoke to a handful of musician friends from around the world to hear how they were doing and to explore some of the pressing questions around the shutdown and the arts.One year later, I check in with ...


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Eric Harland: Time is a joint effort

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Drummer Eric Harland tells his incredible story of growing up in jny: Houston and how he came to weigh 400lbs by the time he was 16 (he eventually lost the weight in college), attending the Manhattan School of Music, becoming an ordained minister, living with singer Betty Carter during the last year of her life, learning ...


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