Saturday, May 14, 2022

Sidney Bechet 125 -- May 14, 2022

Here we see famed New Orleans reed player, band leader and composer, Sidney Bechet, playing his famed alto saxophone. Bechet was born 125 years ago today, on 14-May-1897. He led a troubled life. He was deported from France after a woman was shot during a gun battle between Bechet and a fellow musician. He went to the UK, where he picked up the soprano sax and got deported after an assault. Back in the US, he played and recorded regularly. He returned to France in 1950 and spent the rest of his life there. I always enjoy listening to his music. 

Sidney Bechet - Tin Roof Blues (1949)

Sidney Bechet - Egyptian Fantasy

Sidney Bechet - Si tu vois ma mere

Sidney Bechet - St Louis Blues

Red Onion Jazz Babies "Cake Walking Babies From Home" (NY, 1, 7, 1925) Genett 5627-A.

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