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Sid Eden Sings & Plays "Then & Now"

by Sid Eden

SID EDEN sings and plays with Joe Albany, Zoot Sims, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Raney, Dave Schnitter.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Some Fine Day
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2. I'm Stepping Out With A Memory Tonight
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3. What Do You Think I Am?
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4. The Moon Looks Down And Laughs
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5. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You?
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6. Slumming On Park Avenue
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7. Everybody Knew But Me
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8. Isn't This A Lovely Day?
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9. When In Rome
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10. Angel Eyes
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11. Stompin' At The Savoy
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12. Dreamsville
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13. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
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14. Why Try To Change Me Now?
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15. You Turned The Tables On Me
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16. Old, Old, Friends
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17. Everything Happens To Me
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18. I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco
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19. Lush Life
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20. (Our) Love Is Here To Stay
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Wearing many theatrical hats for half a century, Sid Eden always used the longer version of his given name. "But whoever heard of a jazz singer called 'Sidney.'? I sang since I was two years old but never considered myself a singer. I was the soloist all through high school and had my own band, but I was doing plays at the same time. I was an actor. When I became a professional I registered with the unions as 'Sidney.' Now, fifty years later, I'm 'in-one' singing and playing for myself and you'd better call me 'Sid'."

The high school was on the North Side of a wide open Chicago which boasted a lively jazz scene. Carrying forged I.D., the adventurous teenager saw many of the greats who played the Blue Note, the Hi-Note and lesser bust-out joints: Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, Art Tatum and numerous others. Working at record stores in the Loop and, then, on Broadway across the street from Birdland, Sid met many of these giants in person, sometimes forming relationships with a collaborative bent, notably, Oscar Brown Jr,'s legendary, ill-fated KICKS & CO. for which Eden served as chief money-raiser, Production Supervisor and Casting Director and the equally legendary Julian Barry-Warren Meyers musical about Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, LOOKIN' FOR THE MAN, which Eden recorded with Al Freeman, Jr., Carl Lee, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Suzuki and Academy-Award winner, Jose Ferrer, in an attempt to bring the musical to Broadway.

Appearing in, producing and directing countless plays and musicals, Sid found time in 1968 (THEN & NOW), to collaborate vocally with tenor sax great, Zoot Sims, trumpet king, Clark Terry, bandleader and drummer, Mel Lewis, influential guitarist, Jimmy Raney and bass-player par excellence, Richard Davis. The groovy arrangements are by pianist Stash McGlaughlin. It's a hard-swinging, tasty session with great tunes. THEN & NOW continues with Sid and famous bebop pianist, Joe Albany, collaborating on a 1984 date on seven numbers from the Great American Songbook and an original written by Joe and his sister, opera singer and screenwriter, Amy Albani, for Anita O'Day. Sid plays and sings two numbers recorded with backing from world class tenor saxophonist, Dave Schnitter, in 2000 and plays for himself in his hip, uncluttered way on the remaining songs recorded in the same year. Sid Eden is a "singers' singer" and the two sessions comprising most of the twenty tunes on THEN & NOW were produced by the late, great jazz singer-pianist, Joe Derise.

"Joe liked my singing and assembled the band, but the bit with Joe Albany came about because we were friends and we both knew so many songs," Sid said. "Our work together was as a duo in the classical sense. Sure, Joe worked with Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Lester Young and Charles Mingus, but you'd never call Joe an accompanist. He was, IS, the link between Teddy Wilson and Bud Powell."

In a mufti-faceted career in the theater spanning five decades, Sidney Eden, with his internationally-acclaimed production starring Ben Gazzara, revived and restored Eugene ONeill's HUGHIE to the canon of great American plays, garnering raves from Hollywood to London before landing on Broadway to great praise (Tony nomination). Eden established major theaters in San Francisco (Burlingame Music Theater with Herb Rogers and the Hyatt Corp.) and Chicago (First Chicago Center), the first first-run theater in the Loop in over 40 years, and he directed and presented national tours of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, starring Claudia McNeil, Raymond St. Jacques, Gloria Foster, Gail Fisher and Al Freeman, Jr., WHEN YOU COMIN' BACK, RED RYDER?, starring playwright Mark Medoff, as well as HUGHIE, in major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Eden's career in play production began with Oscar Brown, Jr,'s KICKS & CO., directed by Lorraine Hansberry and Vinnette Carroll, with a remarkable cast headed by Burgess Meredith with Nichelle Nichols, Robert Guillame, Alvin Ailey, Mercedes Ellington and AI Freeman, Jr. among others. As a director, Eden staged revivals of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, starring Edgar Bergen, GUYS & DOLLS, starring Alan Aida and HIGH BUTTON SHOES, starring Larry Parks and Betty Garrett, among 50 professional productions at theaters such as the Cleveland Playhouse, Chicago's Goodman Theater and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

As an actor he appeared on and off Broadway in ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN?; starring Liza Minelli (Tammy Grimes, Barbara Baxley, Frances Sternhagen, Dina Merrill, Louise Lasser, et, al.), created the role of Leonard Poefty in Julian (LENNY) Barry's SITCOM at the St. Nicholas Theater and played opposite such stars as Martha Raye, Kaye Ballard, Hugh O'Brian, Dom DeLuise, Craig Stevens and Bob Crane among others at major theaters in the U. S. and Canada, is seen in the cult classic film SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR, directed by Ivan Dixon, Neil Simon's CHAPTER TWO, was featured in SHOWTIME's filmed presentation of Jay Broad's A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, starring Barnard Hughes, Ed Binns and Roland Winters, directed by Jose Ferrer, (as well as the SHOWTIME filming of ARE YOU NOW?, etc.), and has appeared on most soaps and in voice-overs and on-camera for countless commercials for decades.

As a playwright, Eden's GEORGE JEAN NATHAN IN REVUE was presented at the Goodman Theater Stage 2, his ATLANTIC CITY LOST ran Off-Off Broadway in '86, '87 and his MENCKEN, NATHAN & GOD was presented at the SSD&C Workshop at the Bruno Walter Theater at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Eden has written on numerous occasions for the VILLAGE VOICE and was full-time TV critic for Broadway Magazine on TEMPO-NBC-TV national cable network, covering the entire '87, '88 season.

With a 2,000 song repetoire, Sid has specilized in recent years on cabaret and recordings, singing and playing the best of Cole Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin and Kern, as on his recording, "Sid Eden - ALONE with Cole Porter & Others," where he accompanies himself in a no-frills, arranger's-type style, purveying songs from the Golden Age.



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