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Sidney Bechet

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. Sidney Bechet was born in New Orleans in May 1897, of Creole ancestry, grew up in a middle class environment. His father, Omar, who was a shoemaker, played the flute as a hobby

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sidney Bechet

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sidney Bechet

All About Jazz is celebrating Sidney Bechet's birthday today! 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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Saxattack & More

Read "Saxattack & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Well, not every track is saxed, but we've got some heavyweights here: Johnny Griffin, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, Branford Marsalis, Charlie Parker, Benny Carter, and Sidney Bechet. Breathers from pianists Brad Mehldau, Kris Davis and Bill Evans; as well as the Uptown Jazz Orchestra from New Orleans; trumpeters Roy Eldridge, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis; and ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Tales of The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed - Jazz Societies, Part II

Read "Tales of The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed - Jazz Societies, Part II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2 Jazz Societies, Part 1 briefly traced the preservation and interpretation of jazz from the oral history of its West African roots through academic and cultural institutions. The article included an overview of jazz societies and foundations that further the fostering of jazz education. The organizations vary in scope, size ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Pete Brown: White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns, Part 1

Read "Pete Brown: White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns, Part 1" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Part 1 | Part 2 Poet, lyricist, rock musician, producer and scriptwriter—Pete Brown has covered a lot of bases in his six decades in music and literature. His career embodies that era that began with the Beatles' “Love Me Do" in October 1962 and ended in January 1969 with the band playing live on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Brötzmann: I Surrender Dear

Read "I Surrender Dear" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You can forgive yourself if you get the feeling that you're a bit of a voyeur while listening to I Surrender Dear, the solo recording by saxophonist Peter Brötzmann. This sense of eavesdropping is due to the intimate sounds and the great man's choice of music. This intimacy is not something you generally associate with Brötzmann's ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

50th Anniversary Blue Notes (September 1969) & More

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes (September 1969) & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

First show of the month and that means September Blue Note 50th anniversary celebrations of sessions by Elvin Jones, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and Candido. In honor of Blue Note's 80th anniversary we go way back in the vault to continue our numerical issue 78 rpm retrospective— this time BN-13 from Sidney Bechet. There's 21st century ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Albert Ayler: Quartets 1964: Spirits To Ghosts Revisited

Read "Quartets 1964: Spirits To Ghosts Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

Before considering the music on this disc, something else has to be celebrated—the resurrection of Werner X. Uehlinger's Hat Hut label (see past profiles). Founded in 1975, the Swiss-based company's hatOLOGY series championed European and American outer-limits jazz, producing a large catalogue of newly recorded and legacy material. Sadly, in 2016, financial pressures obliged Uehlinger to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Your Antidote to Obsessively Melancholy Music!

Read "Your Antidote to Obsessively Melancholy Music!" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Gifts & Messages is here to rescue you from depressing news and to cure what ails you! After a rollicking opening segment from Hank Crawford, Vanessa Rodrigues, Brice Winston and Leslie Odom Jr., we continue to celebrate Sonny Rollins -his first recordings with the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet. Then, it's the always sublime Stephane Grappelli, this ...

The Black Swan: A History of Race Records

Read "The Black Swan: A History of Race Records" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Montgomery, Alabama native Perry Bradford was an African-American composer and vaudeville musician when he approached General Phonograph Company, Director of Artists, Fred Hagar in 1920. Bradford was pitching Mamie Smith, a relatively unfamiliar pianist and singer from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Hagar agreed to a two-side recording deal. Widely regarded as a blues singer, Smith more frequently ...


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