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Sidney Bechet

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Sidney Bechet

Person  Male  Born 14/5/1897  Died 14/5/1959

Categories: Music / songs

Countries: France, USA

Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer. Born in New Orleans. He was an outstanding clarinetist in his teens and toured Europe with Will Marion Cook's Syncopated Orchestra. In London he was imprisoned for assault and then deported back to the United States. In 1925, he and other members of the 'Revue Nègre' sailed to Cherbourg and toured extensively throughout Europe. In France he was imprisoned and deported again. It wasn't until the 1940s that he settled down and achieved wide acclaim as a musician. Died in Paris, on his birthday.

Philip Larkin appreciated Bechet: "There are not many perfect things in jazz, but Sidney Bechet playing the blues could be one of them."

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