Ben Sidran, Alexis Cuadrado and Leo Sidran in concert
Bassist-composer Alexis Cuadrado and his son Leo Sidran accompany pianist Ben Sidran for the presentation of his latest material, “Picture him happy.”
Alexis Cuadrado is an active member of the city’s jazz scene. He currently leads the Alexis Cuadrado Puzzles Quartet, an outlet for his original compositions, and the band Alexis Cuadrado-Trio Ibérico, in which he explores his Spanish heritage mixing it with contemporary improvised music. He is also a founder of the bandleader collective Brooklyn Jazz underground.
Ben Sidran he has released, as a musician and as a producer, thirty-four solo recordings and collaborated with jazz and pop artists that include Mose Allison, Van Morrison, Diana Ross, and Rickie Lee Jones. His written works include the book Black Talk (on the sociology of black music in America); the memoir A Life in the Music;Talking Jazz, a collection of his historic interviews with jazz musicians; and There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, a cultural history of the Jewish contribution to American popular music during the 20th century and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award.
Leo Sidran is a musician, composer, performer, and producer whose credits include co-producing the Oscar-winning song Al Otro Lado del Río for the soundtrack to the movie The Motorcycle Diaries. Sidran began his career in music early. Having learned to play the drums from funk-jazz percussionist Clyde Stubblefield, he toured as a teenager with veteran rock star Steve Miller.