NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
kcur_89.3_up_to_date.png
Up To Date

Ben Sidran: Musician, Composer And 'Space Cowboy'

Ben_Sidran_Paris_Portrait_2012_4480x2880_320_dpi.jpg
bensidran.com
/

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.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.