side·​man | \ ˈsīd-ˌman How to pronounce sideman (audio) \

Definition of sideman

: a member of a band or orchestra and especially of a jazz or swing orchestra

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When not on tour with either leader or sideman work, Mr. Ward hosts a jam session at the Hungry Brain, a club not far from Whistler, cementing his role in the Chicago music scene. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘Stomping Off From Greenwood’ by Greg Ward Review," 17 Jan. 2019 Matt later became a sideman for such legendary blues artists as Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, and Muddy Waters. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Matt 'Guitar' Murphy, Blues Brothers Guitarist, Dies at 88," 16 June 2018 Other highlights include an elegant Leo Smith recording with Bowie as a sideman, and there are three discs by drummer Jack DeJohnette. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles’ Review: First-Rate Riffs From the Second City," 3 Dec. 2018 This enabled him to have an active late-life musical career as composer, performer, solo artist and sideman—including, in 2018, touring as the MC50. Tony Fletcher, WSJ, "‘The Hard Stuff’ Review: Motor City Mayhem," 10 Aug. 2018 Voters would still choose five acts a year from a slate offered by the Nominating Committee -- let that be supplemented, as now, with occasional non-performers and sidemen. Gavin Edwards, Billboard, "How to Fix the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Op-Ed," 9 Apr. 2018 In the 1970s, before scoring the gig with the Blues Brothers, Murphy was earning notices as sideman to harpist James Cotton. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Blues Brothers 'Soul Man' Matt 'Guitar' Murphy remembered by Miami music legend," 16 June 2018 But the role as Miles Davis’ sideman would only define part of Lucas’ work. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Reggie Lucas Dead at 65: 11 of His Essential Cuts as a Jazz Sideman," 21 May 2018 The Nashville songwriter/guitarist has played sideman to Robert Plant in Band of Joy, written hits for the Dixie Chicks and Brad Paisley, and has co-written with Grammy-winning Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton and country powerhouse Zac Brown. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week," 3 July 2018

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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