• Meet The Sidrans At Newport: Listen Now

    July 31, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO welcomes Ben and Leo Sidran as new contributors. The father-and-son team were our special correspondents at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, July 31 - August 2.

    Leo and Ben reported every day on the sights and sounds of the fest for WBGO-FM, WBGO HD2 and at WBGO.ORG/SIDRAN.

    Their festival preview aired on the WBGO Journal on Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.

    Click on the links below the photo to hear all of their Newport 2015 reports. Enjoy!


    Interview with Newport Founder George Wein

    Newport Preview

    Newport Day One

    Newport Day Two

    Newport Day Three

    Newport Recap

    Ben Sidran is familiar to many NPR listeners as the longtime host of  “Jazz Alive” and “Sidran on Record.” He’s a free-spirited pianist and author who’s been dubbed “the first existentialist jazz rapper.”

    Leo is a musician and producer whose credits include the Academy Award-winning song “Al Otro Lado Del Rio,” from the 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries.

    He’s also the host of The Third Story, a podcast series of unguarded conversations with musicians and other creative artists.

    “It’s a perfect match,” says Ben. “WBGO is the flagship jazz station in the world, and Newport is the flagship festival. We’re so excited to be here, together.”

    Of particular interest to the Sidrans was the festival’s embrace of new and emerging talent, such as twelve-year-old pianist Joey Alexander and the Brooklyn-based band Snarky Puppy.

    "What I really love about the feeling this year is that there’s so much talk about the future,” says Leo.

    Follow all of their adventures at WBGO.ORG/SIDRAN.

    Welcome, Leo and Ben!

  • Violinist Regina Carter on "Southern Comfort": Listen Now

    July 30, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Violinist Regina Carter talks with Gary Walker about her album "Southern Comfort," which explores her musical and cultural heritage. Carter performs at New York's Jazz Standard July 31 through August 2. Enjoy!


  • Newport's George Wein With Leo Sidran: Listen Now

    July 28, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein talks with Leo Sidran about some of his favorite jazz musicians, including 2015 Newport performers Jon Batiste, Maria Schneider and Ambrose Akinmusire.

    Leo and Ben Sidran will be WBGO's special correspondents at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival July 31 to August 2. Follow their adventures at WBGO.ORG/SIDRAN. You can hear more of Leo's interviews with musicians on his podcast, The Third Story.