side·​man ˈsīd-ˌman How to pronounce sideman (audio)
: 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 By then, Jimmie’s career was zooming [playing with the hard bop organists Jimmy McGriff and Groove Holmes and later as a sideman for the piano giant Erroll Garner]. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 16 May 2024 Even when playing in support of other artists, Mr. Benjamin viewed himself less as a sideman than as a fellow musical voyager. Alex Williams, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2024 But the movie’s headliner was Carl Weathers — for once not a sideman, but the star. Chris Klimek, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 Until that day, Coltrane had been the overachieving sideman, playing someone else’s music in someone else’s band. Jeff MacGregor, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 Correspondent Jim Axelrod talks with Billy Joel sideman Mark Rivera; catcher Erik Kratz, who spent 11 seasons with 14 different major league organizations; and Kayla Pecchioni, whose Broadway performances are often stepping into the shoes of the star. David Morgan, CBS News, 26 Oct. 2023 Big Time is the one with a companion film and the songs and sidemen from his most popular albums, but Glitter and Doom Live edges it out as the more essential of Waits’s two conventional concert releases. Al Shipley, Spin, 3 Oct. 2023 In the 1970s, Davis became a coveted sideman for pop artists, playing on Laura Nyro’s Smile and Bruce Springsteen’s Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. and Born to Run. Matthew Ismael Ruiz, Pitchfork, 8 Sep. 2023 Big releases from Drake, Doja Cat, and Nicki Minaj promise to populate your fall flowerbeds with an earworm or two, while Oneohtrix Point Never is burrowing back underground after his triumphant stint as the Weeknd’s sideman. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 11 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sideman was in 1919

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“Sideman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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