Sidney Bechet

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About Sidney Bechet

Sidney Bechet was the first important jazz soloist on records in history (beating Louis Armstrong by a few months). A brilliant soprano saxophonist and clarinetist with a wide vibrato that listeners either loved or hated, Bechet's style did not evolve much through the years, but he never lost his enthusiasm or creativity. A master at both individual and collective improvisation within the genre of New Orleans jazz, Bechet was such a dominant player that trumpeters found it very difficult to play with him; he wanted to play lead and it was up to the other horns to stay out of his way. ~ Scott Yanow

New Orleans, LA, United States
May 14, 1897
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