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Ben Sidran: Musician, Composer And 'Space Cowboy'

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Ben Sidran is one of those guys who makes your knees buckle.

Piano player. Singer. Author. Composer. Host of the NPR jazz series “Jazz Alive.” Host of the VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series. Peabody winner. Ace winner. Friend of rock ‘n’ roller Steve Miller. Played in his band. Composer. Producer of recordings by Diana Ross, Van Morrison and Rickie Lee Jones.

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Sidran about his career, his book There Was A Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, and his upcoming performance in Kansas City.

HEAR MORE: Ben Sidran appears Sunday Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115th Street, Overland Park, Kan., tickets at 913-327-8054.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.