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|Birth name||Ben Hirsh Sidran|
|Born||August 14, 1943|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, producer, label owner|
|Instruments||Piano, organ, vocals|
|Labels||Blue Thumb, Arista, Windham Hill, Go Jazz, Nardis|
|Associated acts||Steve Miller Band|
Ben Hirsh Sidran (born August 14, 1943) is an American jazz and rock keyboardist, producer, label owner, and music writer. Early in his career he was a member of the Steve Miller Band.
Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States. It originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".
The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California. The band is led by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals. The group is best known for a string of (mainly) mid- to late-1970s hit singles that are staples of classic rock radio, as well as several earlier psychedelic rock albums. Miller left his first band to move to San Francisco and form the Steve Miller Blues Band. Shortly after Harvey Kornspan negotiated the band’s contract with Capitol Records in 1967, the band shortened its name to the Steve Miller Band. In February 1968, the band recorded its debut album, Children of the Future. It went on to produce the albums Sailor, Brave New World, Your Saving Grace, Number 5, Rock Love and more. The band's Greatest Hits 1974–78, released in 1978, sold over 13 million copies. In 2016, Steve Miller was inducted as a solo artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Sidran was raised in Racine, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1961, where he became a member of The Ardells with Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs.When Miller and Scaggs left Wisconsin for the West Coast, Sidran stayed behind to earn a degree in English literature. After graduating in 1966, he enrolled in the University of Sussex, England, to pursue a PhD. While in England, he was a session musician for Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, and Charlie Watts.
Racine is a city in and the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River. Racine is located 22 miles south of Milwaukee. As of the 2010 U.S. census, the city had a population of 78,860, making it the fifth-largest city in Wisconsin. Its median home price of $103,625 makes it one of the most affordable cities in Wisconsin to buy a home. In January 2017, it was rated "the most affordable place to live in the world" by the Demographia International Housing Affordability survey.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public research university in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded when Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848, UW–Madison is the official state university of Wisconsin, and the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System. It was the first public university established in Wisconsin and remains the oldest and largest public university in the state. It became a land-grant institution in 1866. The 933-acre (378 ha) main campus, located on the shores of Lake Mendota, includes four National Historic Landmarks. The University also owns and operates a historic 1,200-acre (486 ha) arboretum established in 1932, located 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the main campus.
There have been several bands called the Ardells.
In San Francisco, Steve Miller invited Sidran to join his band after keyboardist Jim Peterman left.Sidran joined as keyboardist and songwriter, appearing on the albums Brave New World , Your Saving Grace , Number 5 , and Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden . He produced Recall the Beginning and co-wrote the hit song "Space Cowboy." In 1988, he produced Miller's jazz album Born 2B Blue. He has also produced albums for Mose Allison and Diana Ross.
Brave New World is the third album by American rock band Steve Miller Band, released in 1969. It is the band's first album following the departure of founding members Boz Scaggs and Jim Peterman, with Ben Sidran replacing Peterman on keyboards.
Your Saving Grace is the fourth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in November 1969.
Number 5 is the fifth studio album by American rock band Steve Miller Band. The album was released in November 1970, by Capitol Records. This is the last Steve Miller Band album to feature original drummer Tim Davis.
Sidran returned to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1971 and has spent most of his life there. He taught courses at the university (on the business of music) and beginning in 1981 hosted jazz radio programs for NPR (including the Peabody Award-winning Jazz Alive series) and TV programs for VH1 (where his New Visions series in the early 1990s won the Ace Award).
Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the seat of Dane County. As of July 1, 2018, Madison's estimated population of 258,054 made it the second-largest city in Wisconsin by population, after Milwaukee, and the 81st-largest in the United States. The city forms the core of the Madison Metropolitan Area which includes Dane County and neighboring Iowa, Green, and Columbia counties for a population of 654,230.
The George Foster Peabody Awards program, named for the American businessman and philanthropist George Peabody, honor the most powerful, enlightening, and invigorating stories in television, radio, and online media. Programs are recognized in seven categories: news, entertainment, documentaries, children's programming, education, interactive programming, and public service. Peabody Award winners include radio and television stations, networks, online media, producing organizations, and individuals from around the world.
As a musician and a producer he has released over 30 solo recordings. His written works include the book Black Talk (on the sociology of black music in America), the memoir A Life in the Music, Talking Jazz, a collection of his historic interviews with jazz musicians, and There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, a cultural history of the Jewish contribution to American popular music during the 20th century and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award.
Sidran has been referred to by the Chicago Sun Times as a "Renaissance man cast adrift in a modern world" and by The Times as "the first existential jazz rapper," in reference to his commentary while playing music.
The Times is a British daily national newspaper based in London. It began in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register, adopting its current name on 1 January 1788. The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times are published by Times Newspapers, since 1981 a subsidiary of News UK, in turn wholly owned by News Corp. The Times and The Sunday Times do not share editorial staff, were founded independently, and have only had common ownership since 1967.
Talking Jazz includes an 80-page booklet with essays from writers, critics and musicians, classic photos from Lee Tanner, and 24 compact discs featuring conversations with 60 jazz musicians, recorded during a five-year period for Sidran's award-winning NPR program Sidran on Record. The 24 CDs orchestrated by Sidran document the speaking voice of jazz musicians, including Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and others.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Ben Sidran among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
|1970||Feel Your Groove (with Blue Mitchell)||Capitol ST-825|
|1971||I Lead a Life||Blue Thumb BTS-40|
|1972||Puttin' in Time on Planet Earth||Blue Thumb BTS-55|
|1973||Don't Let Go||Blue Thumb BTS-6012|
|1975||Free in America||Arista AL-4081|
|1977||The Doctor Is In||Arista AL-4131|
|1978||A Little Kiss in the Night||Arista AB-4178|
|1978||Live at Montreux (with Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker)||Arista AB-4218|
|1979||The Cat and the Hat||Horizon/A&M SP-741|
|1981||Old Songs for the New Depression||Baybridge ULS-6086-B; Antilles AN-1004; Go Jazz GO-6049|
|1982||Bop City||Baybridge KUX-179-B; Antilles AN-1012; Go Jazz GO-6048|
|1983||Get to the Point||Baybridge KUX-186-B|
|1985||Live at the Elvehjem Art Museum (with Richard Davis)||Cryonic MAD-3018|
|1985||On the Cool Side (Heat Wave)||Magneta/Windham Hill MA-0204; Go Jazz GoJ-6009|
|1986||On the Live Side (A Good Travel Agent)||Magenta/Windham Hill MA-0206; Go Jazz GoJ-6008|
|1988||Too Hot to Touch||Windham Hill WH-0108|
|1988||That's Life I Guess (compilation of Arista material)||Bluebird/RCA 6575-2-RB|
|1988||Spread Your Wings and Fly Now!! (with Clementine)||Little Orange Blue LOB-1001|
|1989||Have You Met...Barcelona?||Orange Blue OB-002|
|1989||Cool Paradise||Go Jazz GoJ-6001; Bluemoon/Rhino R2-79350|
|1991||Go Jazz All-Stars: Live in Japan||Go Jazz GoJ-6007|
|1993||Life's a Lesson||Go Jazz GoJ-6013|
|1996||Mr. P's Shuffle||Go Jazz GoJ-6019|
|1997||Live at the Celebrity Lounge||Go Jazz GO-6025|
|1998||The Concert for García Lorca||Go Jazz GO-6033|
|2001||Walk Pretty: The Songs of Alec Wilder||Go Jazz GO-6060|
|2003||Anthology (compilation)||Go Jazz GO-6066|
|2003||Nick's Bump||Go Jazz GO-6057; Nardis/Liquid8 LIQ-12139|
|2004||Bumpin' at the Sunside!||Nardis 788925200612|
|2004||Sentimental Journey (compilation)||Nardis/Bonsai 041103|
|2005||Live à fip||Nardis/Bonsai 051101|
|2008||Cien Noches (One Hundred Nights at the Cafe)||Nardis/Bonsai 081101|
|2009||Dylan Different||Nardis/Bonsai 091101|
|2010||Dylan Different: Live at the New Morning||Nardis/Bonsai 101002|
|2012||Don't Cry for No Hipster||Nardis/Bonsai 121101|
|2014||Blue Camus||Nardis/Bonsai 141001|
|2017||Picture Him Happy||Nardis/Bonsai 170301|
Steven Haworth Miller is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known as leader of the Steve Miller Band. He began his career in blues and blues rock and evolved to a more pop-oriented sound which, from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, resulted in a series of highly popular singles and albums. Miller was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of their class of 2016.
Wisconsin was settled largely by European immigrants in the late 19th century. This immigration led to the popularization of galops, schottisches, waltzes, and, especially, polkas. Classical composers and conductors from Wisconsin include Hans Balatka, Hugo Kaun, Eugene Luening, Theodore Steinmetz and Sarge Boyd. Among Wisconsin's contributions to rock music were Les Paul, an electric guitar pioneer known as the "Wizard of Waukesha". The Steve Miller Band, with Milwaukee's Steve Miller, had three #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1973 to 1982. The Chordettes from Sheboygan, Bon Iver from Eau Claire, and Garbage from Madison all had albums on the Billboard 200.
David Frank Paich is an American musician, songwriter, singer, and record producer, best known as co-founder, principal songwriter, keyboardist, and occasional singer of the rock band Toto since 1976. Paich wrote or co-wrote much of Toto's original material, including the band's three most popular songs: "Hold the Line," "Rosanna," and "Africa." With Toto, Paich has contributed to 17 albums and sold over 40 million records. Additionally, Paich has worked as a songwriter, session musician, and producer with a host of artists including Boz Scaggs and Michael Jackson.
Clyde Austin Stubblefield was an American drummer best known for his work with James Brown. A self-taught musician, he was influenced by the sound of natural rhythms around him. His drum patterns on Brown's recordings are considered funk standards. He recorded and toured with Brown for six years and settled in Madison, Wisconsin, where he was a staple of the local music scene. Often uncredited, samples of his drum patterns were heavily used in hip hop music. He was the recipient of an honorary doctorate in fine arts.
Donald Jay Fagen is an American musician best known as the co-founder, lead singer and keyboardist of the band Steely Dan, formed in the early 70s. He has also released four albums as a solo artist, and in 2001 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 2017 death of Steely Dan’s co-founder Walter Becker leaves Fagen as Steely Dan’s sole member.
William Royce "Boz" Scaggs is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is known for his worldwide chart-topping albums of the late 1970s as well as the songs "Lido Shuffle" and the Grammy Award-winning "Lowdown" from the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees (1976), which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Scaggs continues to write, record music, and tour.
Leo Sidran is a musician, composer, performer, and producer whose credits include co-producing the Oscar-winning song "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" for the soundtrack to the movie The Motorcycle Diaries.
Ben Allison is an American double bassist, composer, producer, bandleader, educator. In addition to his work as a performer, he co-founded the non-profit Jazz Composers Collective and served as its Artistic Director for twelve years. Allison is an adjunct professor at New School University and serves on the board of the New York chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, where he serves as President.
Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden is the seventh studio album by American rock band Steve Miller Band. The album was released in March 1972, by Capitol Records. Like his previous album, Rock Love, this album did not meet with much success.
Children of the Future is the debut album by American rock band Steve Miller Band, released in 1968 by Capitol Records. The album was produced by notable British record producer/engineer, Glyn Johns, who went on to produce another successful American band: Eagles.
Anthology is the first greatest hits album for the Steve Miller Band, covering material from their first seven albums. It has been certified Gold in the United States.
Scott Tixier is an award-winning French jazz violinist and a recording artist. He is also professor of jazz violin and alternative styles at the University of North Texas.
Shaarei Shamayim has been the name of two Jewish congregations in Madison, Wisconsin. The first, dating to the 19th century but no longer in existence, built what is now the eighth-oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States. The second congregation, dating to 1989, is the sole Reconstructionist congregation in Madison.
Timothy Lawrence Davis was a drummer, singer and songwriter, who co-founded of the Steve Miller Band.
Cool Paradise is a smooth jazz album by keyboardist and jazz vocalist Ben Sidran, released in 1990. It is Sidran's eighteenth album, and his first release with the Go Jazz label he started in 1989.
Dylan Different is a smooth jazz album by keyboardist and jazz vocalist Ben Sidran, released in 2009. It is Sidran's thirty-sixth album, and his fourth release with his independent label Nardis Records.
Billy Peterson is an American bass player, songwriter, composer, session musician and producer. Growing up in a family of professional musicians, Peterson started with music at a very young age. Billy is brother of Paul Peterson (guitarist) and Ricky Peterson (keyboardist).
On the Cool Side is a smooth jazz album by keyboardist and jazz vocalist Ben Sidran. Released in 1985, it was Sidran's fourteenth studio album.