• Ben Sidran & Mike Mainieri Talking Jazz

    May 20, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Why had I never heard Mike Mainieri up close? What a pleasure to finally do so! At Jazz Standard last night, the New York vibist joined Ben Sidran & his trio, and the music & talk were totally absorbing. In the first set, we learned that boy-Mainieri's mom went to work to buy him a set of vibes, boy-wonder-Mainieri worked with Paul Whiteman, youth-Mainieri joined legendary Buddy Rich. They spent three weeks in Kabul (JFK's State Dept sponsored this), then went on to India, where Rich split suddenly, leaving behind his drums and young band behind to finish the tour. Years later, in the US, an Indian man came up to Mainieri and said "I was living in New Delhi, and I knew you were not Buddy Rich." Ben is truly onto something, to feature his peers and those slightly ahead of him telling stories that -- up til now -- Ben has enjoyed privately. I love this format. Thank you! Come back soon!! By the way, Ben says Talking Jazz is radio, narrowcasting to the room. I hope he can extend its reach.

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