• Sidrans At Newport Day One: Listen Now

    August 1, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Ben and Leo Sidran report on the first full day of music the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, including concerts by Christian McBride, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton and Snarky Puppy.

    Hear all of their Newport coverage at WBGO.ORG/SIDRAN.


  • Meet The Sidrans At Newport: Listen Now

    July 31, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO welcomes Ben and Leo Sidran as our special correspondents at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, July 31 - August 2.

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

    Their first report will air on the WBGO Journal on Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.


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

    Leo, Ben’s son, is also a musician and record producer, whose credits include the Academy Award-winning song “Al Otro Lado Del Rio,” from the 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries. He’s  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 is 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!

  • 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.