Dec 23, 2014
Pianist Ben Sidran is one of those artists who sits on the cusp of rock and jazz music, performing equally well in each genre. On the rock side of things, he was an original member of the Steve Miller Band, along with Boz Scaggs. Sidran co-wrote one of Miller's best known tunes, "Space Cowboy".
On the jazz side, he's been the host of the NPR jazz series "Jazz Alive" and VH-1's "New Visions", both of which have won awards for excellence. He's recorded dozens of albums on the Blue Thumb, Go Jazz and Nardis label, most notably his quartet album. The Concert for Garcia Lorca, where he wrote music to the Latin-American poets work. And just to show he's no slacker, he scored the award-winning documentary film "Hoop Dreams", and earned a Ph.D in American Studies from Sussex University.This year featured a return of sorts to jazz vocal, with his CD Don't Cry for No Hipster on the Nardis music label. Check it out if you haven't had a chance to lsiten yet - you won't be disappointed.
He's also Jewish, and not afraid to hide his faith. In fact, his next written project will be a text entitled "Jews, Music and the American Dream". So it's no wonder he contributed this cooler than cool version of "I Have a Little Dreidle" to the Celebrate Hanukkah compilation album released in 2006 on the Craig n' Company label. A perfect version to listen to as the last candles of the Festival of Lights die down.