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Nothing Like the Sound of Bebop Ben Sidran
MJCCA Thursday, April 10

2014 April 7
by Susan Asher

Ben Sidran, jazz and rock pianist/singer/songwriter/record producer/journalist and author, will present a musical performance and talk about his new book, “There Was a Fire: Jews, Music, and the American Dream.”

Sidran’s music spans from rock and roll, which he played in the early ’70s, to bebop, funky, bluesy jazz. He served as a session musician for Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and Peter Frampton, and has produced albums with Mose Allison, Van Morrison, Diana Ross and Rickie Lee Jones. He has also played with Steve Miller and co-wrote the hit song “Space Cowboy.”

Sidran composed the soundtrack for the acclaimed film “Hoop Dreams” and scored the documentary “Vietnam: Long Time Coming,” which won the Aspen Film Festival Audience Award and an Emmy. Throughout his career spanning more than 50 years, he has released more than 30 solo albums.

Sidran’s written works include the book “Black Talk” (on the sociology of black music in America), the memoir “A Life in the Music,” and “Talking Jazz,” a collection of his interviews with jazz musicians. He has hosted a variety of jazz programs for NPR–including the Peabody Award Winning “Jazz Alive” series–and for VH1 television, for which his “New Visions” series in the early 1990s won the Ace Award.

“There Was a Fire: Jews, Music, and the American Dream” recalls how Jews came to America–mainly Manhattan’s Lower East Side–and were able to carve out a niche business for themselves by working from home as tailors. Like those Jewish ancestors, in his later years as a recording artist, Sidran too would end up working for himself, bypassing the record companies and paving his own road in music.

Ben Sidran takes the stage Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta.

Purchase Tickets & Contact Information
Ticket Prices: MJCCA Members: $12, Community: $18.
Discounts available to students, seniors, and groups.
Purchase Tickets: 678.812.4002, or visit online at

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