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Sidney Bechet

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Sidney Bechet was the initial important jazz soloist on information ever sold (conquering Louis Armstrong by way of a couple of months). An excellent soprano saxophonist and clarinetist with a broad vibrato that listeners either enjoyed or hated, Bechet’s design didn’t evolve much over time but he hardly ever lost his passion or imagination. A professional at both specific and collective improvisation inside the genre of New Orleans jazz, Bechet was this type of dominant participant that trumpeters discovered it very hard to try out with him. Bechet wished to play business lead and it had been up to the additional horns to remain from his method. Sidney Bechet researched clarinet in New Orleans with Lorenzo Tio, Big Attention Louis Nelson, and George Baquet and he created therefore quickly that as a kid he was using a number of the best bands in the town. He even trained clarinet, and something of his college students (Jimmie Noone) was in fact two years more than him. In 1917, he journeyed to Chicago, and in 1919 he became a member of Will Marion Cook’s orchestra, touring European countries with Make and finding a incredibly perceptive review from Ernst Ansermet. While abroad he discovered a soprano sax inside a shop and after that it had been his main device. Back the U.S., Bechet produced his saving debut in 1923 with Clarence Williams and through the next 2 yrs he made an appearance on records support blues singers, getting together with Louis Armstrong and playing some spectacular solos. He was with Duke Ellington’s early orchestra for an interval with one point employed a Johnny Hodges for his very own music group. Nevertheless, from 1925-1929 Bechet was abroad, traveling so far as Russia but getting back in difficulty (and spending prison period) in France before getting deported. A lot of the 1930s had been comparatively lean situations for Bechet. He caused Noble Sissle on / off and had an excellent session along with his New Orleans Feetwarmers in 1932 (offering trumpeter Tommy Ladnier). But he also went a tailor’s store which was even more notable because of its jam periods than for just about any money it could make. Nevertheless, in 1938 he previously a hit documenting of “Summertime,” Hugues Panassie highlighted Bechet on some information and shortly he was agreed upon to Bluebird where he documented a number of classics through the next 3 years. Bechet worked well regularly in NY, appeared on a few of Eddie Condon’s City Hall concerts, and in 1945 he attempted unsuccessfully to truly have a music group using the experienced trumpeter Bunk Johnson (whose continuous drinking wiped out the task). Jobs started to run dry about this period, and Bechet exposed what he hoped will be a music college. He only got one primary pupil, but Bob Wilber became his protégé. Sidney Bechet’s fortunes transformed significantly in 1949. He was asked towards the Salle Pleyel Jazz Event in Paris, triggered a feeling, and made a decision to move completely overseas. Inside a few years he was a significant celebrity along with a nationwide hero in France, despite the fact that everyone within the U.S. under no circumstances did understand who he was. Bechet’s last 10 years was filled up with thrilling concerts, many recordings, and infrequent appointments back again to the U.S. before his loss of life from tumor. His colourful (if occasionally fanciful) memoirs ADDRESS IT Mild and John Chilton’s wonderful Bechet biography The Wizard of Jazz (which traces his existence almost week-by-week) are both strongly suggested. A lot of Sidney Bechet’s recordings are available on Compact disc.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sidney Bechet
Died May 14, 1959, Garches, France
Profession Clarinetist, Film Score Composer
Nationality American
Children Daniel Bechet
Parents Omar Bechet, Josephine Michel Bechet
Siblings Leonard Bechet
Music Groups Red Onion Jazz Babies
Music Songs Petite fleur, Cake Walking Babies, Si tu vois ma mère, Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Egyptian Fantasy, Summertime, Dans les rues d'Antibes, Roses de Picardie, Old Stack O'Lee Blues, Les Oignons, Viper Mad, Blues In Paris, Ol' Man River, Bechet's Fantasy, When the Sun Sets Down South, Wild Cat Blues, Blue Horizon, Royal Garden Blues, Bechet Creole Blues, Le Marchand de Poisson, St. Louis Blues, Le marchand de poissons, Promenade aux Champs-Élysées, Indian Summer, Muskrat Ramble, Sweetie Dear, Montmarte Boogie Woogie, Really the Blues, Dear Old Southland, Blues in Thirds, Oh! Didn't He Ramble
Albums Le Soir où... l'on Cassa l'Olympia, Planet Jazz, A Tribute to Sidney Bechet, On Parade, Bunk & Bechet in Boston, Sidney Bechet Avec Claude Luter et Son Orchestre, Satchmo Sings, Jazz Festival Concert, Paris 1952, Volume 2, Série Noire, Jazz Greats, Volume 15: Sidney Bechet: Summertime, Swings French Pop Songs, At the Jazzband Ball, In Concert: Olympia 8 décembre 1954 - Paris, Sidney Bechet in Switzerland, Concert Pleyel Paris 1952-03-12, Lives in Paris, Jazz Classics - Volume I, Pre-War Classic Sides, Masters of Jazz, Complete Recordings, The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Sidney Bechet, Pleyel Jazz Concert, Trésors, Les Fils du coupeur de joints (disc 2: Les Originaux), Blues in Thirds, Revolutionary Blues: 1941-1951, Master Takes: Victor Sessions (1932-1943), Platinum For Sidney Bechet, The Complete American Masters 1931-1953, Summertime: 1932-1940, Sidney Bechet: Four Classic Albums, The Essential Sidney Bechet, Volume 1: 1932-1938, The Chronological Classics: Sidney Bechet 1938-1940, BD Jazz, Volume 3: Sidney Bechet / Julie Faulques, Sidney Bechet: Rare Recordings 1947 - 1953, Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time: Kings of New Orleans Jazz (disc 19), 1924-1938, The Blue Note Years, The Chronological Classics: Sidney Bechet 1941-1944, The Chronological Classics: Sidney Bechet 1945-1946, I Got Rhythm, Storyville Masters of Jazz, The Chronological Classics: Sidney Bechet 1923-1936, The Chronological Classics: Sidney Bechet 1952, Volume 2, The Chronological Classics: Sidney Bechet 1950, Classic Jazz Archive: Sidney Bechet, Sidney Bechet, Souvenirs de la Nouvelle-Orléans, Freight Train Blues, In the Groove, Summertime
Movies Piédalu député


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#Fact
1 Briefly left the music business in 1938 to open a tailor shop in New York, but this career change was short-lived.
2 Bechet had rather more commercial success in France (eventually making his home there), as he was afforded greater freedom and enjoyed more audience appreciation than he did in the United States.
3 Often regarded as the best soprano saxophonist of all time.
4 Went to Europe with Will Marion Cook's Orchestra in 1919, but the tour was marred when he was briefly imprisoned and subsequently deported after a London incident involving a prostitute.
5 Throughout his career, he never learned how to read music.
6 Inspiration for the character "Pablo" in Hermann Hesse's novel "Steppenwolf".
7 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1983.
8 Played the soprano sax and clarinet.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grimm 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ginger & Rosa 2012 performer: "Petite Fleur " / writer: "Petite Fleur "
The Big Something 2011 performer: "When the Sun Sets Down South", "Some of These Days" / writer: "When the Sun Sets Down South"
La piel que habito 2011 "Petite fleur" / writer: "Petite fleur"
Midnight in Paris 2011 lyrics: "Si Tu Vois Ma Mère" / music: "Si Tu Vois Ma Mère" / performer: "Si Tu Vois Ma Mère"
The National Parks: America's Best Idea 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
Kærestesorger 2009 writer: "Petite Fleur" - as Sidney J. Bechet
Le code a changé 2009 "Petite fleur"
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 performer: "BIG BUTTER AND EGG MAN" - as Sidney Bechet Trio / performer: "OUT OF NOWHERE"
All the King's Men 2006 performer: "Si tu vois ma mere" / writer: "Si tu vois ma mere"
Independent Lens 2004 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Role of Her Life 2004 writer: "Premier Bal"
The Quiet American 2002 performer: "My Man"
Hart's War 2002 performer: "Blue Horizon", "Summertime" / writer: "Blue Horizon"
The Cat's Meow 2001 performer: "Wild Cat Blues" 1923 - as Sydney Bechet
Chocolat 2000 performer: "Summertime", "My Man", "Promenade aux Champs-Élysées" / writer: "Promenade aux Champs-Élysées" - as Sydney Bechet
Haepi-endeu 1999 writer: "Petite Fleur"
Sweet and Lowdown 1999 performer: "Viper Mad" 1937 / writer: "Viper Mad" 1937
Agnes Browne 1999 writer: "Petite Fleur"
The Impostors 1998 performer: "Sweetie Dear"
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
La guerre sans nom 1992 Documentary performer: "Petite fleur" / writer: "Petite fleur"
JFK 1991 performer: "Francis Blues", "On the Sunny Side of the Street" / writer: "Francis Blues"
Flirting 1991 performer: "The Moochie" - as Sydney Bechet
The Moderns 1988 performer: "Really the Blues"
Saxofonhallicken 1987 TV Movie writer: "Petite fleur"
Tilinteko 1987 writer: "Pieni kukkanen Petite fleur"
Pour la peau d'un flic 1981 writer: "Petite fleur"
Stardust Memories 1980 music: "Tropical Mood Meringue" 1939 / performer: "Tropical Mood Meringue" 1939
Sale rêveur 1978 writer: "Si tu vois ma mere"
Shindig! 1966 TV Series music - 1 episode
Art et magie de la cuisine 1960-1964 TV Series short music - 3 episodes
Los dos golfillos 1961 writer: "Pequeña flor"
Toute la Chanson 1960 TV Series music - 1 episode
Darker Than You Think performer: "I've Found a New Babe", "Egyptian Fantasy", "Summertime" / writer: "Egyptian Fantasy", "La Nuit est Sorcière", "Chant in the Night" announced
You're Not You 2014 performer: "St Louis Blues"
Mad Men TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Violette 2013 performer: "I Can't Believe That You Are In Love With Me" / writer: "Montmartre Bougie"
Blue Jasmine 2013 writer: "House Party"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ah, quelle équipe! 1957 Candy - un saxophoniste noir
Piédalu député 1954
Murder for Sale 1930 Barmusiker (uncredited)

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ah, quelle équipe! 1957
L'inspecteur connaît la musique 1956
The Infiltrator 1955

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Murmur of the Heart 1971 composer: stock music
Noches de Casablanca 1963 composer: song "Pequeña flor"
Murder for Sale 1930 orchestra

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jazz 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
La joie de vivre 1958 TV Series Himself
L'inspecteur connaît la musique 1956 Himself / Lui-même
The Infiltrator 1955 Himself / En personne
Saluti e baci 1953 Himself / En personne
Floor Show 1949 TV Series Himself
Jazz Concert 1949 TV Series Himself
Moon Over Harlem 1939 Himself - Clarinetist (as Sidney Bechet and His Clarinet)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Disorder Is 20 Years Old 1967 Documentary Himself
Histoire d'un instrument 1963 TV Series documentary short Himself

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