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Ben Sidran - American jazz and rock keyboardist, producer, label owner, and music writer; born on August 14, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, Sidran was raised in Racine, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Sidran has been living in Madison since 1971.
While attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1961, Sidran became a member of The Ardells with Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs. When Miller and Scaggs left Wisconsin for the West Coast, Sidran stayed behind to earn a degree in English literature. After graduating in 1966, he enrolled in the University of Sussex, England, to pursue a PhD. While in England, he was a session musician for Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, and Charlie Watts.
In San Francisco, Steve Miller invited Sidran to join his band after keyboardist Jim Peterman left. Sidran joined as keyboardist and songwriter, appearing on the albums Brave New World, Your Saving Grace, Number 5, and Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden. He produced Recall the Beginning and co-wrote the hit song "Space Cowboy." In 1988, Sidran produced Miller's jazz album Born 2B Blue. He has also produced albums for Mose Allison and Diana Ross.
Sidran returned to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1971 and continues to call Madison home.
Sidran has taught courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (on the business of music) and, beginning in 1981, hosted jazz radio programs for NPR (including the Peabody Award-winning Jazz Alive series); and TV programs for VH1 (where his New Visions series in the early 1990s won the Ace Award).
As a musician and a producer Sidran has released over 30 solo recordings.
For more information on Ben Sidran, visit Wikipedia.
Sidran also has his own website at bensidran.com.
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