Sidney Bechet  (1897-1959)
Last updated: 24.11.18
p_bechets.jpgAccording 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.
Personal remarks:
Sidney Bechet was my saxophone hero when getting into jazz in the early 1960s. In my vinyl collection I have Bechet, Riverside - RLP 149. On Side 1 - track 1, he plays an amazing (for me) Wild Cat Blues (1923) version on his soprano saxophone, a performance rivaling that of Monty Sunshine.
 
Websites:
url15.gif The Sidney Bechet Society An extensive website devoted to Sidney Bechet  
url15.gif Sidney Bechet Brief biography and discography.  
url15.gif Sidney Bechet Biography by wikipedia.org.  
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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. Key: Electronic Resource Items
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Pleasure Mad [Viper Mad] 1924 Rousseau Simmons
What a Dream 1939
Petite Fleur 1952  wvicon.gif
Ce Mossieu Qui Parle ?
Dans Les Rues D'antibes ?
Egyptian Fantasy ? John D. Reid
Goodbye ?
I Remember When [Si Tu Vois Ma Mere] ? Jean Broussole
I Want You Tonight ?
I'm Through, Goodbye ?
If You See My Mother [Si Tu Vois Ma Mere] ? Jean Broussole
Lonesome [Si Tu Vois Ma Mere] ? Jean Broussole
Love Me With a Feeling ?
Out of the Gallion ? Mezz Mezzrow
Promenade Aux Champs-Elysees ?
Sobbing and Cryin' ?
Southern Sunset ?
Waste No Tears ?
Who'll Chop Your Suey When I'm Gone ? Rousseau Simmons
     Title Dur Composer Performer Score/Song
           
youtube15.jpg Sidney Bechet - Dans les rues d'Antibes 3:30 S. Bechet  Sidney Bechet
youtube15.jpg Sidney Bechet - Petite fleur (Live 1958) 3:33 S. Bechet  Sidney Bechet
youtube15.jpg What a Dream 1:43 S. Bechet  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg What a Dream 1:43 S. Bechet  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg I've Found a New Baby by Sidney Bechet (1958) 9:05 Sidney Bechet