from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a jazz band who is not the leader or a featured soloist.

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  • n. A soloist playing with a band or group of which he is not a regular member


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  • At 40, Mr. Potter is probably still better known as a sideman most famously with bassist Dave Holland, but there's no doubt that he's assembled a group and a musical concept that's worthy of his formidable technique.

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  • Pianist Aaron Goldberg is better known as a sideman than a leader; he's put in lots of time with masters of the modern mainstream like

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  • The sideman is a working musician of various levels of recognition that backs up name artists, records in the studio, plays on TV shows, travels in every imaginable touring situation, plays bars, and yes, weddings and corporate events.

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  • Primarily known as a sideman and producer for the likes of cult icon Daniel Johnston, singer-songwriter Rachael Davis, Dawn Boyer and Rock My Soul, Brett Hartenbach will be making a rare solo appearance in support of his debut recording, the five song EP, Frame from a Bad Movie. Featured Content

  • Thanks to the input of legendary folk and country-rock banjoist and guitarist Bernie Leadon-a founding member of The Eagles and a first-call sideman from Nashville to L.A. for the past 40 years - the new Style 5 Deluxe Banjo will be available in an extremely limited run of just ten instruments, with a retail price of $8,889 each, including a custom-shaped Gibson hardshell case and Certificate of Authenticity.

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  • More Yuka Honda's Path From Lost New Yorker to Adventurous Musician Follow Jim Fusilli on Twitter At this point in his young career, Mr. Bartlett is better known as a sideman, having worked with Antony and the Johnsons, David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto, the National and Yoko Ono, among others.

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  • Some of the reasons are obvious: although he dressed with conspicuous cool, he chose a spotlight-shunning artistic trajectory (he’s best known as a sideman, for Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and others), and he was shy, subtle, and sensitive — traits not usually associated with world - beating.

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  • Friday’s SummerStage concert also showcases a third pianist, Eric Lewis, best known as a sideman to Wynton Marsalis.

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  • (It should be noted that Spooner Oldham, Southern soul songwriter, will also be inducted, under the "sideman" category; although he has written so many great songs that make him worthy of the honor, the mere fact that he co-wrote "Dark End of the Street" is enough, in my book!)

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  • CHICAGO Reuters - Grammy-winning blues musician Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, who was a longtime sideman for Muddy Waters, died of a stroke on Friday in Chicago at age 75, according to a statement on his website.

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