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Jazz Great Ben Sidran to Perform at UWFox

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Jazz great Ben Sidran is performing at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley on March 15, 2006, from 12-1 p.m. The concert will take place in the campus Fine Arts Theatre, located a 1478 Midway Road in Menasha, and is free and open to the public.

Ben SidranAfter growing up in Racine, Wisconsin, and attending UW-Madison, Sidran has recorded twenty-five solo albums and has produced recordings for artists such as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Mose Allison and Jon Hendricks. Although best known in some circles for writing Steve Miller’s hit song, “Space Cowboy,” Sidran is more widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio’s landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive,” which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. In 2004, Sidran reunited with the team behind “Hoop Dreams,” composing (with son Leo) the original score for the award winning documentary.

The free concert is sponsored by the UWFox Campus Activities Board. Jeff Kuepper, student activities director at UW-Fox Valley, works collaboratively with other area schools and campuses to efficiently bring distinguished acts and speakers to as many venues as possible. Since students at UWFox are primarily commuters, noon events conveniently coincide with their schedules. For more information, call Kuepper at (920) 832-2671 or email him at jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu.

Posted 03/01/2006