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Label Watch: Go Jazz

Before and since starting his Go Jazz label 10 years ago, Ben Sidran has worked as singer, pianist, songwriter, producer, music authority and, for much of the 1980s, as TV/radio host. This year, Go Jazz is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an attractive batch of releases and a new distribution agreement through Allegro, which makes the entire 40-plus album catalog available in the U.S. for the first time.

“The whole idea [of Go Jazz] started with working with people I met who I liked who I knew should be recorded, who had histories,” says Sidran. “My idea was to keep them in the context of their history. I’m really in some ways just the opposite of most big record companies that find people who are young-they sell youth. I like to find people who have a history and who are carrying on a tradition in their own personal way, and who are stylists and individualists. Like Go Jazz artists Gege [Telesforo] in Italy, Georgie [Fame] in England, Clementine in France, Charlie Wood in Memphis, Ricky Peterson in Minneapolis, Phil Upchurch in Los Angeles, there are plenty of people doing that all over the world!”

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