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 Robert is part of a working band, the Dickie Brewster Quartet, that has a long-term gig at the Blue Morocco night club; though a sideman, Robert is considered the group’s leading musical light. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: “Sylvie’s Love” Revives the Art of the Classic Hollywood Romance," 22 Dec. 2020 Monk’s quartet here—with tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, his sideman for a decade by then, along with bassist Larry Gales and drummer Ben Riley, who joined Monk in 1964—was his most cohesive band, then at the height of its powers. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Palo Alto’ by Thelonious Monk Review: A Jazz Titan Goes to High School," 26 Sep. 2020 Prior to connecting with X singer Exene Cervenka, bassist John Doe and drummer D. J. Bonebrake, Zoom landed some sweet sideman gigs, including with soul singer Etta James and proto-rock frontman Gene Vincent. Matt Wake |, al, "20 music stars who got their start as sidemen/sidewomen," 25 June 2020 English earned a reputation for brandishing a firearm and engaging in off-stage scuffles that made him an outlaw sideman as tough as Nelson himself. Washington Post, "Paul English, Willie Nelson’s longtime drummer, has died," 12 Feb. 2020 The floating lounge’s stage is just big enough to fit a drum kit, a few sidemen in tuxedos and Newton, who spent 2019 celebrating 60 years of performing in Las Vegas with his latest (of many) residencies on the Strip, Up Close & Personal. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Rat Pack to Fame Monster: The Rise, Fall and Lucrative Rebirth of the Las Vegas Residency," 28 Jan. 2020 Much of its appeal has to do with its soundtrack, which was compiled by Friedkin in collaboration with one of his longtime friends in the music industry, legendary arranger/composer/sideman Jack Nitzsche. Ron Hart, Billboard, "William Friedkin's 'Cruising': Director Reflects on Cult Classic's Eccentric Soundtrack," 6 Sep. 2019 Keyboardist Richard Wright left, only to return later as a salaried sideman during Pink Floyd’s tours in 1980 and 1981. Mark E. Perry, The Conversation, "‘The Wall’ cemented Pink Floyd’s fame – but destroyed the band," 27 Nov. 2019 Reportedly, the shooter was Sean Carey, longtime sideman to Justin Vernon, the songwriter who created Bon Iver in solitude about a dozen years ago., "At the Garden, Bon Iver melds past, present, and futuristic - The Boston Globe," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sideman

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Sideman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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