Ben Sidran

A Life in the Music

Book Description

Sidran's wonderfully crafted memoir revisits the many different facets of his life and career: As a performer, he has recorded with jazz icons (Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Hendricks) and rock legends (Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Steve Miller); as a composer, he has scored films (Hoop Dreams); and as a scholar he has written books and articles on the history of jazz and black music in America. With a charismatic and informed voice, Sidran illuminates scenes from his childhood in Chicago and gives an inside view of the recording industry, also revealing an awareness of the history of Jewish contributions to jazz.

About Sidran, Ben

Ben Sidran, author of Talking Jazz: An Oral History and Black Talk, lives in Madison, Wisconsin. His latest album Old Songs for the New Depression debued on July 2, 2002.