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Sidney Bechet is considered among the 4 most influential jazz musicians during the music's first 50 years (Along with Buddy Bolden, Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton).

Rudy Van Gelder Sidney Bechet Alfred Lion and Thelonious Monk Eric Dolphy and Kenny Dorham Sonny Clark and Philly Joe Jones Cliff.

Charlie Parker and Sidney Bechet en route to the Paris jazz festival in 1949.

Charlie Parker and Sidney Bechet en route to the Paris jazz festival in 1949

The legendary Sidney Bechet is pictured on this month's CD display, which is called "Horns of Plenty". As you might have guessed, the theme is brass! (and kind of Thanksgiving! in a punny way!) The display will be up through the end of the month, so come check out some great music for the first of your holiday meals!

The legendary Sidney Bechet is pictured on this month's CD display, which is…

Sidney Bechet was a child prodigy in New Orleans. He was such good clarinet player that, in his youth he was featured by some of the top bands in the city. Bechet's style of playing clarinet and soprano sax dominated many of the bands that he was in. He played lead parts that were usually reserved for trumpets and was a master of improvisation. In 1917 he moved to Chicago. In 1919 he was playing with Will Marion Cook's Syncopated Orchestra and with Louis Mitchell's Jazz Kings in Europe…

This photo of jazz musician and composer, Sidney Bechet, is actually cropped from a mugshot.

Sidney Bechet (1897-1959), one of the greatest musician of early Jazz (saxophone, clarinet, piano, bass and drums). Lived and performed in Europe from 1925 to 1929, went back to America and settled in Paris in 1950

Sidney Bechet one of the greatest musician of early Jazz (saxophone, clarinet, piano, bass and drums). Lived and performed in Europe from 1925 to went back to America and settled in Paris in 1950

Sidney Bechet - "Si tu vois ma mère"  from the delightful Woody Allen Movie "Midnight in Paris".  Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.

Sidney Bechet - "Si tu vois ma mère" from the delightful Woody Allen Movie "Midnight in Paris". Sidney Bechet (May 1897 – May was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.

Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.    He was one of the first important soloists in jazz (beating cornetist and trumpeter Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months[1] and later playing duets with Armstrong), and was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist. Forceful delivery, well-constructed improvisations, and a distinctive, wide vibrato characterized Bechet's playing.

Sidney Bechet, Freddie Moore e Lloyd Phillips al Jimmy Ryan’s di New York, nel giugno del (William Gottlieb – Library of Congress)

Sidney Bechet - Summertime. From the "The Summertime Collection" a MindsiMedia playlist of different versions of the Gershwin classic

From the "The Summertime Collection" a MindsiMedia playlist of different versions of the Gershwin classic

Sidney Bechet - Si tu vois ma mère (Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen)

Sidney Bechet with Claude Luter and his orchestra playing "Si tu vois ma mère" by Bechet, from the album "Leurs Grands Succès Vol.

Sidney Bachet, New Orleans born Jazz soloist in the second quarter of the 20th century.  #Jazz #Dixieland

Sidney Bachet, New Orleans born Jazz soloist in the second quarter of the century.

Sidney Bechet's "Summertime" was a hit for Blue Note in 1939 & kept the label alive in its 1st year #BlueNote75 https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-best-of-sidney-bechet/id723524651

Sidney Bechet's "Summertime" was a hit for Blue Note in 1939 & kept the label alive in its 1st year #BlueNote75 https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-best-of-sidney-bechet/id723524651