The Third story features long-form interviews with creative people of all types, hosted by musician Leo Sidran. Their stories of discovery, loss, ambition, identity, risk, and reward are deeply moving and compelling for all of us as we embark on our own creative journeys.
Bandleader-arranger-composer, and YouTuber Brian Krock on the role of critical analysis in music, the “unintended consequences of the capitalist nature of music education,” what it means to improvise like a composer, how reading James Joyce led him to “create artwork that invites people to put forth some effort,” why he loves “to be actively involved in things that you're a beginner at,” and what happened to him after playing over 1000 performances of Dirty Dancing The Musical.
Alec Hanley Bemis
Alec Hanley Bemis, writer and manager of cultural projects, co-founded the Brassland record label in 2001 with his friends Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the band The National. Over the years, the label has become home to a community of like minded creative musicians who defy category.
Here we discuss what happened in between. Plus the distinction between culture and subculture, the era of “constant content”, and “the economy of cool”.
Comedian Jeff Cesario on the “power of insulation” (working out your craft inside of a small scene), how he approaches his standup act like a big band chart, the double edged sword of having a lot of experience today, the intense value of commitment, and how his life in music helped prepare him for comedy.
Trumpeter Philip Dizack (named by Downbeat Magazine as “[one of twenty-five] Trumpet Players for the Future”) on how he thinks about playing, teaching (“preparing for teaching is the most helpful thing that I’ve ever done for myself”), practicing (“the more specific your questions are, the more specific your answers will become”), potential (“I hear so far beyond what I’m capable of doing right now”), and perspective (“if our perspective is right then we’re always in complete humilit
Israeli singer Noga Erez on starting as a jazz singer-songwriter and then transitioning to what she describes as “the music in my heart”, the curious relationship between Israel and the United States from the point of view of a contemporary Israeli pop act, what it means to be a political artist, whether or not music itself can really make a difference politically today, why she is “the offspring of limitations” and if the phrase “I don’t pop with that” actually exists or not.
For the second year in a row, I talk to my dad, musician/producer/journalist/philosopher Ben Sidran in honor of his birthday. This time he’s turning 77, and we consider his recent projects, including the books The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma and There Was A Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, and his latest single “Who’s The Old Guy Now”.
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This is a must listen to for musicians
All musicians will get so much from this podcast. Leo dives deep with some major stars and a number of incredible behind the scenes stars as well.
I can't say enough about The Third Story Podcast. I have been listening to it regularly for over two years. This is literally one of the best podcast. Leo is a fantastic musician and a pro conversationalist. Keep it up!
My favorite companion for almost three years
I benefit so much from Leo’s insightful and brilliant interviews and was so happy for him when he got to speak with Donald Fagen. I love the Third story.