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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Each has worked as a sideman in notable jazz groups but has also demonstrated commitment to a broader musical range through ambitious projects as a leader. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Igbó Alákorin (The Singer’s Grove), Vol. I & II’ by David Virelles and ‘Pillars’ by Tyshawn Sorey Reviews," 29 Oct. 2018 In all, more than a dozen full-time members have played in NRBQ over the years, and that doesn’t include the Whole Wheat Horns, the group’s occasional sidemen, who have rotated in and out through the years as well. John Lingan, Washington Post, "Why NRBQ never really needed a hit record to measure its success," 16 Aug. 2019 Free at the Fair: Led by Prince sideman Kirk A. Johnson, Mfellaz is a new R&B/neo-soul male vocal group filled with seasoned local musicians. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Today at the Fair: Sunday, Aug. 25: Minnesota Cooks Day," 23 Aug. 2019 Indeed, Mr McCreadie plays as a sideman in two other Scottish combos, each at opposite ends of the jazz spectrum. G.k. | Glasgow And Edinburgh, The Economist, "A young Scottish pianist marries folk with jazz," 9 Aug. 2019 First, he’s probably best known for his work as a venerable and soulful bandana-wearing sideman in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. John Adamian,, "Little Steven and his Disciples of Soul coming to College Street," 5 July 2019 Best known as a sideman who shakes up the sound of any ensemble, Maret has toured and recorded with heavyweights such as Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Pianist Kenny Werner gives props to late mentor Toots Thielemans," 25 June 2019 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

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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