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Sid Eden "Alone"

by Sid Eden

SID EDEN singing and playing songs of Cole Porter & others.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Let's Fly Away
3:45 $0.99
2. Down In The Depths (On The Ninetieth Floor
3:10 $0.99
3. Charles Yardbird Parker Was His Name/Yardbird Suite
2:11 $0.99
4. Medley: As Time Goes By/Play It Again, Sam/I Keep Going Back To
5:37 $0.99
5. Ace In The Hole
3:00 $0.99
6. (Love's Got Me In A) Lazy Mood
4:12 $0.99
7. You're Not THe Kind
2:31 $0.99
8. Social Call
2:57 $0.99
9. (A) Picture Of Me Without You
3:10 $0.99
10. Picture Me Without You
1:47 $0.99
11. (The) Lady's In Love With You
2:00 $0.99
12. Solomon
2:47 $0.99
13. Hot House Rose
3:29 $0.99
14. Please Don't Monkey With Broadway
2:21 $0.99
15. Nobody's Using It Now
3:36 $0.99
16. Lydia, The Tattooed Lady
3:40 $0.99
17. Looking At You
3:08 $0.99
18. Just One Of Those Things
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19. Hello, My Lover, Goodbye
1:53 $0.99
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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 I 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 te 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 Sullivan, in Rogers Park, on the North Side of a wide open Chicago which boasted a lively club scene. Carrying forged I.D., the adventurous teenager saw many of the greats who played the Blue Note, Hi Note and lesser bust-out joints: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Art Tatum, Billy Eckstine and Ella Fitzgerald, among them. "I took singing lessons at the Chicago Musical College until I learned I'd never sing opera," Sid said, "so I concentrated on acting. I worked at record stores in the Loop in the afternoons after school, and in the evening I ushered at the Civic Opera House. I saw everything!: most all the repertoire of Ballet Russe, Ballet Theater, NYC Ballet, Sadlers Wells and the Bolshoi, most everything of the NYC Opera Co. and Wagner's complete Ring with the Met. When D'Oyly Carte came to the Great Northen I saw each and every Gilbert and Sullivan, sitting in the third balcony. At Ravinia and Orchestra Hall, I saw many of the great American orchestras and many great conductors: Ormandy, Beecham, Ansermet, Stock and Reiner. I saw many of the world's great singers of leider, from Lotte Lehmann to George London and all the famous concert pianists: Casadesus, Rubenstein, Solomon, Byron Janis, Dame Myra Hess and even the ancient Corot. I was taken to the theater from the age of nine and probably saw a lot of things I shouldn't have, like ANNA LUCASTA. But the first shows were UP IN CENTRAL PARK and a tired, Shubert road company of BLOSSOM TIME. Of course, I saw every jazz concert at the Civic and knew Norman Granz, who introduced me to Buddy Rich and a very young Oscar Peterson. At the same time I was crazy about musical comedy and pop songs and my goal was to combine lyric theater with modern jazz. By the time I came to NYC in 1954 at age eighteen, I'd been in a couple dozen shows and, needing a day gig, I worked at THE record store, on Broadway, across from Birdland. EVERYONE came in that store, especially jazz and theater folk," After a half-dozen years of directing musicals in summer and winter stock, Eden became chief money-raiser, Production Supervisor and Casting Director of Oscar Brown, Jr.'s legendary, ill-fated, KICK & CO., directed by Vinnette Carroll and Lorraine Hansberry, with a cast including Burgess Meredith, Nichelle Nichols, Alvin Ailey, Robert Guillame and Mercedes Ellington. Next, Eden attempted to bring the Julian Barry-Warren Meyers musical about Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, LOOKIN' FOR THE MAN, to Broadway, recording it with a cast including Dizzy Gillespie, Jose Ferrer, Carl Lee and Al Freeman, Jr. and he has gone on to a long career as producer, director, TV critic, actor, teacher and jazz singer-pianist.

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, produced and presented national tours of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, starring Claudia McNeil, Raymond St. Jacques, Gloria Foster, Gail Fisher and Al Freeman, Jr., YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, starring Edgar Bergen, 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 began with the legendary KICKS & CO.., written by Oscar Brown, Jr., 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, throughout decades of summer and winter stock Eden has staged revivals of 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 Co. and played opposite such stars as Martha Raye, Kaye Ballard, Hugh O'Brian, Dom DeLuise, Crag Stevens, 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, directed by Herbert Ross, 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, the libretto and lyrics for "live" industrial shows for corporate America, the Independent Voters of Illinois. Eden was the full-time critic for Broadway Magazine on NBC-Tempo cable TV in the i980's.

Sid's association with the world of jazz goes way back, and his CD, THEN & NOW, reflects that backround: a 1968 session with an all-star band including Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Raney and Richard Davis; a 1984 session with the late, great, bebop pianist, Joe Albany; and a 2000 session with tenor saxophonist, Dave Schnitter, of Jazz Messenger fame.



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