The Third Story Podcast with Leo Sidran

The Third Story Podcast with Leo Sidran

by Leo Sidran

October 16, 2019 2:01 pm

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. The world is full of talented people you’ve never heard of, and it’s quite possible that Ryan Scott is one of them. Around New York, if you know about Ryan Scott, then you know. “Ryan Scott?” Enough said. Funky? Oh yes. Soulful? Unquestionably. Prepared to surrender himself totally to the music and the moment at all times? Affirmative.  But if you don’t know, it can be difficult to catch up. Ryan Scott doesn’t make it too easy to find him. He claims it’s not intentional. “You just have to know the right people,” he tells me. Indeed.  Ryan spent years waiting for someone to throw him a bone before ultimately deciding that “there was no bone.” He worked as a sideman, session cat, songwriter for hire, wedding singer, “jazzy jazz jazz” player, and probably plenty more things that he still won’t mention. Eventually he decided to start saying no to the rent work and start saying yes to the muse. The good news is that he made a killer solo record, the bad news is that the rent might be late this month.  He released his latest project, A Freak Grows In Brooklyn  earlier this year. He wrote, performed and recorded the project alone, almost entirely on an 8 track multitrack cassette recorder. He wanted to make an art project, a calling card, and a personal statement. He did all that, but he also made something very, very good. But, really, extremely good. He says he spent years becoming a jazz musician so he could be free. Then he spent more years freeing himself from being a jazz musician.  I like Ryan Scott and I think you should too.  Here he talks about growing up the only child of a stock broker in northern California (“one of the least bluesy things”), crossing the “jazzy line”, “keeping things open”, moving to New York right out of high school and falling in with a crowd of itinerant musicians who taught him how to “roll cigarettes and drink beer”, and what it’s like inside his head.


138: Ryan Scott 1 week ago 69m
136: Jeremy Dauber 3 weeks ago 61m
135: Peter Himmelman 4 weeks ago 80m
134: Richard J. Davidson 1 month ago 55m
133: Chris Potter 2 months ago 71m
132: David Maraniss 2 months ago 65m
131: Ben Sidran 2 months ago 62m
130: Richard Julian 3 months ago 73m
129: Donald Fagen 3 months ago 83m
128: Joey Dosik 4 months ago 71m
127: Ben Thornewill 4 months ago 58m
Andre De Shields 5 months ago 87m
126: Eli "Paperboy" Reed 5 months ago 91m
125: Melissa Clark 5 months ago 68m
124: Anya Marina 5 months ago 72m
123: Sophie Auster 6 months ago 33m
122: Kassa Overall 6 months ago 93m
121: Cory Wong 8 months ago 74m
120: Jacques Schwarz-Bart 8 months ago 65m
119: Aaron Parks 9 months ago 71m
118: Kenny Werner 9 months ago 77m
117: Fred Hersch 10 months ago 63m
116: Rick Margitza 10 months ago 59m
115: Joe Dart 11 months ago 81m
114: John Fields 12 months ago 120m
113: John Leventhal 1 year ago 51m
112: Mary Sweeney 1 year ago 84m
111: Nate Chinen 1 year ago 82m
110: Howard S. Becker 1 year ago 62m
109: Ben Wikler, Anat Shenker-Osorio, Dan Kaufman 1 year ago 71m
108 - Lage Lund 1 year ago 73m
107: Brendan B. Brown 1 year ago 78m
106: Joe Goodkin 1 year ago 61m
105: Donovan Woods 1 year ago 69m
104: Nate Wood 1 year ago 71m
103: Larry Klein 1 year ago 82m
102: Dessa 2 years ago 70m
101: Lorrie Moore 2 years ago 63m
100: My Wife 2 years ago 14m
99: Larry “Ratso” Sloman 2 years ago 72m
98: Noa and Gil Dor 2 years ago 73m
97: Louis Cato 2 years ago 77m
95: Liberty Devitto 2 years ago 66m
95: Jon Madof 2 years ago 58m
94: Nadia Ackerman 2 years ago 62m
93: Best of 2017 Vol. 2 2 years ago 90m
92: Best of 2017 Vol. 1 2 years ago 78m
Bonus - 53 Remembering Clifford Irving 2 years ago 81m
91: Laura García Lorca 2 years ago 61m
90: Americans in Paris 2 years ago 77m
89: Ralph Simon 2 years ago 47m
88: Leah Siegel 2 years ago 80m
87: Theo Katzman 2 years ago 92m
86: Jack Stratton (Vulfpeck) 2 years ago 68m
85: Settling the Underscore Vol. 4 2 years ago 28m
84: Settling the Underscore Vol. 3 2 years ago 86m
83 Bonus - Alex Weinstein 2 years ago 42m
83: Settling the Underscore Vol.2_ls_rev1b 2 years ago 72m
82: Settling the Underscore - Vol. 1 2 years ago 71m
81: Jonatha Brooke 2 years ago 66m
80: Mob Town Tour Vol. 4 - Art is what happened 2 years ago 43m
79: Mob Town Tour Vol. 3 - Is jazz still regional 2 years ago 50m
78: Mob Town Tour Vol. 2 2 years ago 60m
77: Mobtown tour vol. 1 - The search for meaning 2 years ago 58m
76: Morgan James 2 years ago 72m
75: Peter Straub 2 years ago 88m
74: Ryan Keberle (trombonist) 2 years ago 64m
73: David Garibaldi 3 years ago 67m
72: George Colligan 3 years ago 63m
71: Ryan Gruss (drummer, entrepreneur) 3 years ago 56m
70: Ryan Hewitt (engineer, mixer, producer) 3 years ago 62m
69: Remembering Tommy LiPuma 3 years ago 31m
68: What is music therapy? 3 years ago 62m
67: Alexis Cuadrado (bassist, composer, educator) 3 years ago 72m
66: Adam Schatz (musician, presenter) 3 years ago 57m
65: Duchess Trio 3 years ago 61m
64: Benji Rogers 3 years ago 64m
63: Ben Wendel 3 years ago 65m
62: Michael Dorf 3 years ago 54m
Episode 61: Spike Wilner 3 years ago 78m
60: The election (Ben and Leo Sidran) 3 years ago 12m
59: Kurt Elling 3 years ago 61m
58: Ari Herstand - musician, songwriter, actor, writer 3 years ago 74m
57 - Michael Feldman 3 years ago 73m
55: Pat mAcdonald 3 years ago 70m
55: Al Schmitt (Full Episode) 3 years ago 74m
54: Adam Levy 3 years ago 77m
53: Clifford Irving 3 years ago 78m
52: Larry Goldings 3 years ago 83m
Bonus Mini: Should I Move To Nashville? 3 years ago 10m
51: On Prince (Paul Peterson, Ricky Peterson, Monte Moir) 3 years ago 70m
50th Episode Special: Leo Sidran (podcast host, musician) 4 years ago 85m
Ep. 49: Marc Webb (Director) 4 years ago 84m
48: Gabriela Quintero (Rodrigo y Gabriela) 4 years ago 64m
Butch Vig: Record Producer on working w/ Nirvana, Garbage, and the art of communication 4 years ago 67m
Ep. 46: How to Get Nominated for a Grammy 4 years ago 63m
Ep. 45 Jorge Drexler - Uruguayan songwriter on process, identity and empathy 4 years ago 62m
44: Dave King "Commitment is an incredible thing" 4 years ago 71m
Paris 4 years ago 32m
42: Becca Stevens "I'm an emotional perfectionist" 4 years ago 73m
41: Creed Taylor, Record producer at the crossroad of history and good taste 4 years ago 56m
40: Howard Levy, Harmonica Player on How Rhythm, Melody, & Light are all the same thing 4 years ago 75m
39: Musicians behind Late Show with Stephen Colbert 4 years ago 68m
38: Addicted To Living In the Present Moment - The Trade Winds project 4 years ago 60m
37: Inspiration Comes from Life at the Newport Jazz Festival 4 years ago 46m
36: George Wein at 90 - Looking forward to the future 4 years ago 59m
35: Welcome to Copenhagen 4 years ago 61m
34: He started the website that you can't stop reading. Meet Peter Koechley. 4 years ago 61m
33: Tommy LiPuma with Al Schmitt, Steve Gadd, Larry Goldings, Jacob Collier and Dean Parks 4 years ago 60m
32: Sachal "I have a power to make my words count" 4 years ago 61m
31: Peter Coyote, "Every other role but your authentic self has already been taken" 4 years ago 56m
30: Guitarist Charlie Hunter on D'Angelo, limitation, and finding your voice 4 years ago 64m
29: Gabriel Stulman, NYC Restaurateur, on Building Successful Businesses and Allowing for Failure 5 years ago 57m
Episode 14 Redux: Greg Holden 5 years ago 51m
Episode 28: Madeleine Peyroux 5 years ago 83m
Episode 27: Alan Hampton 5 years ago 63m
Episode 26: Falu 5 years ago 62m
Episode 25: Alex Cuba 5 years ago 73m
Episode 24: Bill Stewart 5 years ago 63m
Episode 23: Doug Wamble 5 years ago 63m
Episode 22: Jascha Hoffman 5 years ago 63m
Episode 21: Steve Khan 5 years ago 88m
Episode 20: Jacob Collier 5 years ago 97m
Episode 19: Gil Goldstein 5 years ago 83m
Episode 18: Jon Batiste 5 years ago 78m
Episode 17: Adam Dorn (Third Story vs. Compared to What Conversation) 5 years ago 89m
Episode 16: Janis Siegel 5 years ago 67m
Episode 15: John Ellis 5 years ago 80m
Episode 14: Greg Holden 5 years ago 50m
Episode 13: Michael Hearst 5 years ago 68m
Episode 12: André De Shields 5 years ago 90m
Episode 11: James Farber 5 years ago 71m
10: Emma Straub, Author 5 years ago 78m
9: Rob Mounsey, arrange and composer 5 years ago 78m
8: Jesse Harris, singer, songwriter, guitar player 5 years ago 57m
7: Tatum Greenblatt, jazz trumpet player 6 years ago 51m
6: Jo Lawry, singer songwriter 6 years ago 68m
5: Matt Pierson, record producer 6 years ago 70m
4: Michael Thurber, bassist, CDZA founder, composer 6 years ago 74m
3: Daniel Levitin, Author of "This Is Your Brain On Music" 6 years ago 49m
2: Michael Leonhart, trumpeter, producer, composer, arranger 6 years ago 69m
1: Late Show Bassist Will Lee 6 years ago 78m