As a musician, producer and composer Ben Sidran has recorded over 30 solo numbers and produced recordings for such noted artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross and Jon Hendricks. As a session musician he has played with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Boz Scaggs. He composed the soundtrack for the film Hoop Dreams and Vietnam: Long Time Coming. He received a Peabody Award for his work as the NPR’s series Jazz Alive and an Ace Award for the VH-1 television series New Visions. Sidran is also the author of three books on the subject of music and jazz, Black Talk, Talking Jazz and There Was a Fire ..
Ken Rockburn spoke to Ben Sidran in Madison, Wisconsin at the landmark jazz club The Cardinal.
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.