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There are stories we tell ourselves. There are stories we tell our friends. There are the stories we tell strangers. There are stories we never tell.
Somewhere, in the middle of all of this, is the Third Story. The intersection between the art and the craft, making a living and doing the living, the personal and the professional…The place where all of these meet is the Third Story.

The Third story features long-form interviews with creative people of all types, hosted by me, Leo Sidran. Their stories of discovery, loss, ambition, identity, improvisation, risk, and reward are deeply moving and compelling for all of us as we embark on our own creative journeys.

In addition to my passion for discovering and sharing the stories of others, I have built a career in New York as a musician and producer. Learn more at

Mar 31, 2018

Four years and 100 episodes later, I’m still going. What a trip. This week, I take a moment to reflect with one of the most surprising and flattering guest hosts I’ve ever had: my wife, Amanda.

I write this in from pitch black hotel room in Palm Springs. Last night on the plane I made a list of all my guests so far (hopefully I haven’t overlooked anyone too serious), and organized them into category. The categories are a bit one dimensional, especially considering that my focus is often on the kinds of people who defy category. How does one place an incredible musician who is also an incredible composer, and a visionary producer? By what name do we call a polymath singer, arranger and multi instrumentalist? What about an actor turned Zen Buddhist priest turned blues musician? Or a bebop piano player who also runs two clubs?

So please forgive me if you disagree with where I’ve placed your favorite saxophone player or engineer. Overall when I look at this list, I think my taste is generally pretty clear. I’ve been so fortunate to talk with people who make things I love, some of whom have influenced me, some who I call friends, some who are both.

Moving forward what do I hope for? More. Much more. The rest of 2018 is shaping up to be an eclectic and very exciting batch of new conversations with musicians, writers, producers, and thinkers. And I look forward to continuing to push the edges of the format whenever I can.

But in the spirit of celebration, today is about looking back. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Singers and songwriters:
Nadia Ackerman
Jonatha Brooke
Alex Cuba
Jorge Drexler
Kurt Elling
Alan Hampton
Jesse Harris
Michael Hearst
Jascha Hoffman
Greg Holden
Theo Katzman
Jo Lawry
Adam Levy
Madeleine Peyroux
Morgan James
Janis Siegel
Becca Stevens
Sachal Vasandani
Pat MAcDonald
Leah Siegel
Adam Schatz / Landlady

Bass players:
Alexis Cuadrado
Adam Dorn
Matt Geraghty
Peter Giron
Jeff Hamann
Will Lee
Billy Peterson
Paul Peterson
Michael Thurber

Louis Cato
Liberty Devitto
Steve Gadd
David Garibaldi
Dave King
Bill Stewart

Doug Wamble
Steve Khan
Charlie Hunter
Jon Madof
Gabriela Quintero

Keyboard Players:
Jon Batiste
George Colligan
Mark Davis
Larry Goldings
Monte Moir
Ricky Peterson

Various: Settling the Underscore - on music in advertising
Should I move to Nashville
What is music therapy

Jacob Collier
Gil Goldstein
Rob Mounsey

Michael Leonhart
Tommy LiPuma
Matt Pierson
Jack Stratton
Creed Taylor
Butch Vig

James Farber
Ryan Hewitt
Al Schmitt

Music Presenters:
Michael Dorf
Dave Jemilo
George Wein
Spike Wilner

Other Instrumentalists:
John Ellis
Tatum Greenblatt
Ryan Keberle
Ze Luis
Howard Levy
Bob Rockwell
John Scrapper Sneider
Ben Wendel
Irv Williams

Entrepreneurs and technologists:
Ryan Gruss
Peter Koechley
Benji Rogers
Ralph Simon
Gabriel Stulman

Writers, actors, directors, literary people:
Peter Coyote
Andre DeShields
Michael Feldman
Laura Garcia Lorca
Ari Herstand
Clifford Irving
Daniel Levitin
Ratso Sloman
Emma Straub
Peter Straub
Marc Webb

With Ben Sidran:
The election of 2016
The Mobtown Tour
Remembering Tommy LiPuma
Newport Jazz festival 2015
Welcome to Copenhagen
What happened in Paris