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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.

Bechet was born in New Orleans on 14th May 1897. From a young age he was able quickly to master any musical instrument he encountered. Some New Orleanians remembered him as a cornet hot-shot in his youth. At first, though, he decided on the clarinet as his main instrument, and Bechet remained one of jazz’s greatest clarinetists for decades. He is, however, perhaps best remembered as the master of the soprano saxophone. Bechet was the first notable jazz saxophonist of any sort, his playing characterised by forceful delivery, well conceived, improvised ideas, and a distinctive wide vibrato.

Bechet had experience playing in travelling shows even before he left New Orleans at the age of twenty. Never long content in one place, he alternated between Chicago, New York, and Europe as his base of operations until finally he settled in France in 1950. He married Elisabeth Ziegler in Antibes, France in 1951.

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    Thanks to Woody Allen's new film I've discovered this great artist with his great tune : "Si tu vois ma mère" [9]

    28 Jul 2:15pm Reply
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    14 Oct 2013 Reply
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    Semplicemente dominante.

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
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    absolute gangster of jazz

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
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    Gangster of jazz, challenges a dude to a gun fight over a chord change.

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
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    10 Jun 2013 Reply
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    10 Sep 2012 Reply
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    Hot jazz at its finest.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
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    and summertime <3

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
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    17 Jan 2012 Reply
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    "Shag" by Sidney Bechet is one of the most uptempo jazz songs I've ever heard. Hot jazz!

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
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