Sidney Bechet
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Sidney Bechet

Sidney Bechet Biography (BBC)

Along with his fellow New Orleanian, Louis Armstrong, Bechet was one of the first great soloists in jazz. His throaty, powerful clarinet, and his throbbing soprano are among the most thrilling sounds in early jazz. He went from being a pioneer of jazz in the 1920s to a national hero in France, where he spent the final decade of his life. In his teens he made his name playing in some of New Orleans's up-and-coming bands, and he played there and in Chicago with King Oliver and Freddie Keppard.

But early on he showed signs of wanderlust , and came to Europe in 1919 with the 'syncopated orchestra' of Will Marion Cook. He ended up travelling widely, living in both London and Paris, though his fiery temper got him into trouble and he was deported. In the USA he worked with Duke Ellington, and recorded with Louis Armstrong, but he also returned to Europe with bandleader Noble Sissle. Bechet spent most of the 1930s and 1940s in America, and from his brilliant recordings with his New Orleans Feetwarmers in 1932, to his long series of discs for Victor, he bridged the gap between being at the height of fashion, and becoming a figurehead of the 1940s 'revival' of early jazz styles.

He played the latter role to the hilt , making splendid discs for Blue Note and for clarinettist Mezz Mezzrow's King Jazz label, and he had a hit with his version of Gershwin's Summertime. Once he moved to France he made dozens of popular discs, and became a father figure to European musicians who wanted to play in the 'classic' jazz style.

Sidney Bechet Biography (Wikipedia)

Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.

He was one of the first important soloists in jazz (beating cornetist and trumpeter Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months and later playing duets with Armstrong), and was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist. Forceful delivery, well-constructed improvisations, and a distinctive, wide vibrato characterized Bechet's playing.

Bechet's erratic temperament hampered his career, however, and not until the late 1940s did he earn wide acclaim.

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Dear Old Southland
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Dear Old Southland
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At the Log Cabin
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At the Log Cabin
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Egyptian Fantasy
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Egyptian Fantasy
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Si Tu Vois Ma Mere
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Si Tu Vois Ma Mere
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September Song
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September Song
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Petite Fleur
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Petite Fleur
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Petite Fleur
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Petite Fleur
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Back Home
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Back Home
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I'm Goin' Way Down Home
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I'm Goin' Way Down Home
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Madame Becassine
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Madame Becassine
Louis Armstrong & Sidney Bechet
Perdido Street Blues
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Perdido Street Blues
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Petite fleur
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Petite fleur
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Rose Bloom
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Rose Bloom
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Southern Sunset
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Southern Sunset
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Orphan Annie's Blues
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Orphan Annie's Blues
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Strange Fruit
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Strange Fruit
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I'm Coming Virginia
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I'm Coming Virginia
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St James Infirmary
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St James Infirmary
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Un Ange Comme Ca
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Un Ange Comme Ca
Bunk Johnson and Sidney Bechet, Sidney Bechet, George Thompson, Louis Armstrong, Bunk Johnson, Ray Parker & George "Pops" Foster
Blue Bells Goodbye
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Blue Bells Goodbye
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The Buddy Bolden Story
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The Buddy Bolden Story
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Blue Horizon
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Blue Horizon
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Black and Blue
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Black and Blue
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Petite Fleur
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Petite Fleur
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