WBGO Blog
  • Ben Sidran talks with Gary Walker on "Jazz, Jews, And African Americans"

    December 10, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Pianist, singer, scholar, and writer Ben Sidran discusses his exploration of the relationships between Jews and African Americans with WBGO's Gary Walker. From music to food and lyrics to locations, Sidran examines the ties that bound two distinct cultures during the early development of jazz.

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  • Talking with Ben Sidran

    June 28, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    The singer / pianist / ironist came by the Museum of Contemporary Art, site of the WBGO broadcast booth, to talk with Michael Bourne during Singers Unlimited. In the evening Ben sang and played Bob Dylan Ben's way, at Dylan Different at Club Soda. That's also his latest album with son Leo Sidran on drums.

    Besides Dylan, Ben has a Mose Allison heart with a helping of Horace Silver -  bop blues and lyrics. And he always has a good story and a unique take on things. Try his autobiography Ben Sidran: A Life in Music.

    Sorry I cut off his right hand in this photo; it's important to his keyboard playing!

    Click and listen to the conversation.