Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ben Sidran CD Release Show "Don't Cry For No Hipster"



Don't Cry for No Hipster

Ben Sidran CD Release Show
"Don't Cry For No Hipster" 

Wed.,  Apr. 24th
7:30 & 9:30 PM
The Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St btw Park & Lex
New York, NY 10016


Ben Sidran: piano & vocals

Leo Sidran: drums

Tim Luntzel:bass

Will Bernard: guitar

John Ellis: saxophone

Moses Patrou: percussion


New CD
Ben Sidran
"Don't Cry For No Hipster"
Nardis Music)
Street Date April 2, 2013



Ben Sidran – vocals, piano, Wurlitzer
Leo Sidran – drums
Moses Patrou - percussion
Tim Luntzel – bass

Orlando le Fleming – bass
Will Bernard – guitar
John Ellis – tenor saxophone
Mark Shim – tenor saxophone

Trixie Waterbed – backing vocals 

Produced by: Leo Sidran
(CD is available from anywhere CDs are sold.)

“One must approach the hip experience with a lifetime of preparation” writes Ben Sidran in the liner notes to Don’t Cry For No Hipster. If ever there was an example of an artist who lives the song he sings, Sidran is that example, and he has indeed approached his latest recording with a lifetime of preparation. Hipster is his 35th solo record, and on this one, he delivers twelve new original songs.

The contemporary concept of the Hipster, the counter-cultural, progressive pickler, self-styled “cat on the corner wearing the hat so small it makes his head look big” (as Sidran says), is largely associated with Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sidran, who identifies himself with an earlier wave of Hipsters – those associated with bebop, philosophy and good smoke – decided to visit the epicenter of the current zeitgeist for the recording. He and his son, Leo, who played drums and produced the project, assembled a cadre of Brooklyn characters to record at The Bunker Studio in Williamsburg. The musicians, Tim Luntzel, Will Bernard, John Ellis, Orlando le Fleming, Mark Shim, and Moses Patrou, came to the music with a fresh enthusiasm and a classic sense of deep groove.

Ben Sidran is widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio’s landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive”, which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. A pianist, producer, singer and composer, he has recorded thirty-five solo albums, including the Grammy nominated Concert for Garcia Lorca, and produced recordings for such noted artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller (with whom he co-wrote the hit song “Space Cowboy”). He is the composer of the soundtrack for the acclaimed film “Hoop Dreams,” and scored the documentary “Vietnam: Long Time Coming,” which won both the Aspen Film Festival audience award and an Emmy. Sidran has authored two books on the subject of jazz, Black Talk, a cultural history of the music, and Talking Jazz, a series of conversations with inspirational musicians. He holds a PhD. in American Studies from Sussex University, Brighton, England, but has studiously avoided the academic life, preferring instead to spend his time performing, producing and writing. His latest works include the memoir, A Life in the Music and the groundbreaking text There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, along with the recordings Dylan Different and Don’t Cry For No Hipster.

“The singer and pianist Ben Sidran has released what is indeed a masterpiece.”
— Serge Truffaut, Le Devoir, Montreal

UPC Code: 7 89925 00030 2
Release Date: April 2, 2013

Track listing, track times and composer:
1. Back Nine 4:35 (B. Sidran & L. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
2. Brand New Music 3:27 (B. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
3. Don’t Cry For No Hipster 4:59 (B. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
4. At Least We Got To The Race 3:05 (B. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
5. Can We Talk 5:30 (B. Sidran & L. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
6. In The Beginning 2:35 (B. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
7. It Don’t Get No Better 3:41 (B. Sidran & L. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
8. Dying Anyway 4:14 (B. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
9. Private Guy 4:03 (B. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
10. Reflections 4:23 (Thelonious Monk / Thelonious Music Corp.)
11. Take A Little Hit 3:02 (B. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
12. Sixteen Tons 3:37 (M. Travis / Merle’s Girls Music)
13. Rich Interior Life 2:45 (B. Sidran & L. Sidran / Bulldog Music)
14. Hooglin’ 4:39 (B. Sidran / Bulldog Music)

Recording Date + Location: July, 2012 Brooklyn, New York

Artist Home Market: US




Check Out Ben's New Book

There Was a Fire:
Jews, Music and the American Dream

"An extraordinary tour de force, weaving cultural, political, musical and economic history. Part textbook, part family history, Sidran is a warm, funny, and authoritative guide in this thrilling, adventurous social history of popular music. A must-read for all music-lovers."

—Daniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain On Music




Upcoming Live Dates


Mill Valley @ Sweetwater

Sonoma: Synagogue performance and book reading (details to come)

San Francisco (private conference for neuroscientists)

New York: CUNY Poet in New York Lecture and Performance

Chicago: Synagogue performance and book reading (details to come)

New York: CD Release at Jazz Standard