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

Examples of sideman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nils Lofgren played with Neil Young and Crazy Horse in the ‘70s before launching his solo career and becoming a sideman for another legendary artist, Bruce Springsteen. Al Shipley, SPIN, 18 Feb. 2022 Kurtz, esteemed for his prowess as a sideman and session musician, performed with local bands such as the Mortals, Topper Price and the Upsetters, the Convertibles and Mike & the Maximums. Mary Colurso |, al, 30 Oct. 2021 Forever a sideman in the great New Orleans tradition, Nocentelli forgot all about his unfinished solo project for almost a half-century. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Longtime sideman Steve Jordan has played drums with the band on recent No Filter dates. Ben Crandell,, 14 Oct. 2021 Ellis also performed, arranged and recorded extensively with his own jazz groups, in funk bands with fellow James Brown alumni and as a sideman for a broad array of musicians in jazz, R&B, pop, rock and African music., 28 Sep. 2021 His place is taken by his son Deacon, with the line-up further augmented by the country star Vince Gill and the fabulously discreet guitarist/sideman Steuart Smith. James Parker, The Atlantic, 3 Sep. 2021 Between 1956 and 1971, his prolific output for Blue Note resulted in 25 albums as leader and nearly twice as many recordings as a sideman and featured player, with Morgan always balancing his early influences and searching for new directions. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Among Hendrix enthusiasts, particularly fellow musicians, Pridgon acquired an almost talismanic quality as the muse who nurtured and encouraged him from ambitious sideman to pioneering artist. Chris Campion, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sideman

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Sideman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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