October 19, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.
Allison Miller is a genre-bending drummer, composer and professor. The critically acclaimed musician also wears a diplomatic hat as the State Department's Ambassador of Jazz. She speaks with Monifa Brown on Saturday Afternoon jazz to talk about her craft.
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August 7, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO is proud to welcome new contributors Ben and Leo Sidran. 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.
Click on the links below to hear all of their reports:
Ben Sidran is known 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.”
The Sidrans paid close attention to 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.
Highlights of their Newport coverage include encounters and interviews with Jon Batiste, Jamie Cullum, Bob Dorough, James Carter, Jack DeJohnette and much, much more. We hope you enjoy it!
Follow all of their future adventures at WBGO.ORG/SIDRAN.
Welcome, Leo and Ben!
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August 3, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Ben & Leo Sidran recap their experiences at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, including concerts by Joey Alexander and Jon Batiste. Enjoy!
Hear all of the Sidrans' coverage of the festival at WBGO.ORG/SIDRAN, or click on the links below the photo.
Click on the links below to hear all of the Sidrans' Newport 2015 reports:
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