Sidney Bechet  (1897-1959)
Last updated: 22.06.17
According to Internet sources given below, Sidney Bechet was born in New Orleans, just three years before his compatriot, Louis Armstrong. Sidney Bechet, who was of Creole ancestry, grew up in a middle class environment whereby his father and four brothers also played instruments. He left New Orleans for Chicago aged 19 and made his big break in 1919 when composer-conductor Will Marion Cook asked him to join his Southern Syncopated Orchestra for an engagement in London. Here Bechet came to the attention of the noted Swiss Conductor, Ernst Ansermet, who conducted the music of Igor Stravinsky for the Ballets Russa.
Sidney Bechet eventually became even better known as a virtuoso of the soprano saxophone. Much of his subsequent career was spent abroad, mainly in France where he died.


Websites :
url15.gif The Sidney Bechet Society An extensive website devoted to Sidney Bechet  
url15.gif Sidney Bechet Brief biography and discography.  
Books :
Books:
book15.gif Sidney Bechet : The Wizard of Jazz John Chilton flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
book15.gif Treat It Gentle : An Autobiography Sidney Bechet flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
CDs :
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Sydney Bechet on "100 Ans de Jazz" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Sydney Bechet on "The Creole Prodigy" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 19 works by Sidney Bechet (1897-1959). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.

Pleasure Mad [Viper Mad] (1924)
Co-Author: Rousseau Simmons
Lonesome [Si Tu Vois Ma Mere] (?)
Co-Author: Jean Broussole
Petite Fleur (1952)
Love Me With a Feeling (?)
Ce Mossieu Qui Parle (?)
Out of the Gallion (?)
Co-Author: Mezz Mezzrow
Dans Les Rues D'antibes (?)
Promenade Aux Champs-Elysees (?)
Egyptian Fantasy (?)
Co-Author: John D. Reid
Sobbing and Cryin' (?)
Goodbye (?)
Southern Sunset (?)
I Remember When [Si Tu Vois Ma Mere] (?)
Co-Author: Jean Broussole
Waste No Tears (?)
I Want You Tonight (?)
What a Dream (?)
I'm Through, Goodbye (?)
Who'll Chop Your Suey When I'm Gone (?)
Co-Author: Rousseau Simmons
If You See My Mother [Si Tu Vois Ma Mere] (?)
Co-Author: Jean Broussole