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Sidney Bechet

Sidney Joseph 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 trumpeter Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months. His erratic temperament hampered his career, and not until the late 1940s did he earn wide acclaim.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 14th, 1897 (New Orleans), Died Garches

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano saxophone, clarinet, leader, composer, songwriter, piano, vocalist, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-30340 10-in. 6/30/1924 Pleasure mad Whitey Kaufman ; Original Pennsylvania Serenaders Jazz/dance band Composer  
Victor BS-73398 10-in. 9/15/1932 Sweetie dear Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, clarinet  
Victor BS-73399 10-in. 9/15/1932 I want you tonight Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Performer, Composer, soprano saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BS-73400 10-in. 9/15/1932 I found a new baby Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, clarinet  
Victor BS-73501 10-in. 9/15/1932 Lay your racket Sidney Bechet ; Billy Maxey ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Performer, Composer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-73502 10-in. 9/15/1932 Maple leaf rag Sidney Bechet ; Scott Joplin ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-73503 10-in. 9/15/1932 Shag Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Performer, Composer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-030318 10-in. 11/28/1938 Ja-da Tommy Ladnier Orchestra Jazz/dance band Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-030319 10-in. 11/28/1938 Really the blues Tommy Ladnier Orchestra Jazz/dance band Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-030320 10-in. 11/28/1938 When you and I were young, Maggie Tommy Ladnier Orchestra Jazz/dance band Composer, Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-030321 10-in. 11/28/1938 Weary blues Tommy Ladnier Orchestra Jazz/dance band Performer, clarinet  
Victor BS-031534 10-in. 1/19/1939 Hold tight (Want some sea food mama) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Composer  
Victor BS-046832 10-in. 2/5/1940 Indian summer Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet Performer, soprano saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BS-046833 10-in. 2/5/1940 One o'clock jump Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-046834 10-in. 2/5/1940 Preachin' blues Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers ; Sonny White Jazz/dance quintet, with male vocal solo Performer, soprano saxophone, clarinet, Composer  
Victor BS-046835 10-in. 2/5/1940 Sidney's blues Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone, Composer  
Victor BS-051222 10-in. 6/4/1940 Shake it and break it Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-051223 10-in. 6/4/1940 Old man blues Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BS-051224 10-in. 6/4/1940 Wild man blues Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, clarinet  
Victor BS-051225 10-in. 6/4/1940 Nobody knows the way I feels dis mornin' Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BS-051226 10-in. 6/4/1940 Make me a pallet on the floor (Atlanta blues) Sidney Bechet and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Performer, soprano saxophone, Composer  
Victor BS-053431 10-in. 9/6/1940 Blues in thirds New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance trio Performer, clarinet  
Victor BS-053432 10-in. 9/6/1940 Blues for you, Johnny Sidney Bechet ; Herb Jeffries ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet with male vocal solo (take 2: no vocal) Performer, clarinet, Composer  
Victor BS-053433 10-in. 9/6/1940 Ain't misbehavin' Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-053434 10-in. 9/6/1940 Save it, pretty mama Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet Performer, soprano saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BS-053435 10-in. 9/6/1940 Stompy Jones Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-057618 10-in. 11/11/1940 Muskrat ramble Barefooted Dixieland Philharmonics ; Sidney Bechet ; Henry Levine Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-058776 10-in. 1/8/1941 Coal black shine Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, Composer, soprano saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BS-058777 10-in. 1/8/1941 Egyptian fantasy Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone, clarinet, Composer  
Victor BS-058778 10-in. 1/8/1941 Baby, won't you please come home Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-058779 10-in. 1/8/1941 Slippin' and slidin' Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone, clarinet, Composer  
Victor BS-060638 10-in. 2/12/1941 Dance of the bayou Joe Reichman Orchestra Jazz/dance band Composer  
Victor BS-063785 10-in. 4/18/1941 The sheik of Araby Sidney Bechet One-man band Performer, piano  
Victor BS-063786 10-in. 4/18/1941 Blues of Bechet Sidney Bechet One-man band Composer, Performer, piano  
Victor BS-063823 10-in. 4/28/1941 Swing parade Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Composer, Performer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-063824 10-in. 4/28/1941 I know that you know Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-063825 10-in. 4/28/1941 When it's sleepy time down South Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-063826 10-in. 4/28/1941 I ain't gonna give nobody none o' this jellyroll Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-066784 10-in. 10/14/1941 Rip up the joint Sidney Bechet ; Vic Dickenson ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and chorus Performer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-066788 10-in. 10/14/1941 Laughin' in rhythm Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band, with laughing and vocal chorus Performer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-067791 10-in. 9/13/1941 I'm coming, Virginia Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-067792 10-in. 9/13/1941 Limehouse blues New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-067793 10-in. 9/13/1941 Georgia cabin Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet Performer, Composer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-067794 10-in. 9/13/1941 Texas moaner New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet Performer, soprano saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BS-068114 10-in. 10/24/1941 Rose room Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-068115 10-in. 10/24/1941 Oh! Lady be good! Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone  
Columbia 81569 10-in. 2/15/1924 Ghost of the blues Piron's New Orleans Orchestra Jazz/dance band Composer  
Columbia W142588 10-in. 9/3/1926 Who'll chop your suey when I'm gone Buddy Christian ; Willie Jackson Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with banjo Composer  
OKeh 8781 10-in. Nov. 1924 Pleasure mad Charles Creath's Jazz-O-Maniacs Jazz/dance band Composer  
OKeh S-71910 10-in. Sept. 1923 Irresistible blues Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-71911 10-in. Sept. 1923 Jazzin' babies blues Clarence Williams’ Trio ; Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-71928 10-in. Oct. 1923 Tain't nobody's business if I do Clarence Williams’ Blue Five Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-71929 10-in. Oct. 1923 New Orleans hop scop blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-71930 10-in. Oct. 1923 Oh daddy! blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five Jazz/dance band Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-71945 10-in. Oct. 1923 Down on the levee blues Rosetta Crawford Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-71946 10-in. Oct. 1923 Lonesome woman blues Rosetta Crawford Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-71961 10-in. 10/11/1923 Graveyard dream blues Clarence Williams' Harmonizing Four ; Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-71962 10-in. 10/11/1923 A green gal can't catch on Clarence Williams' Harmonizing Four ; Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-71972 10-in. 10/19/1923 If I let you get away with it once, you'll do it all of the time Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-71973 10-in. 10/19/1923 E flat blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-72028 10-in. Nov. 1923 Old fashioned love Lawrence Lomax ; Eva Taylor Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-72029 10-in. Nov. 1923 Open your heart Lawrence Lomax ; Eva Taylor Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-72532 10-in. May 1924 Ghost of the blues Clarence Williams’ Harmonizers ; Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet Composer  
OKeh S-72915 10-in. 10/17/1924 Early in the morning Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Virginia Liston Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet Performer, clarinet  
OKeh S-72916 10-in. 10/17/1924 You've got the right key, but the wrong keyhole Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Virginia Liston Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet Performer, clarinet  
OKeh S-73007 10-in. 11/28/1924 Baby, I can't use you no more Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-73008 10-in. 11/28/1924 Trouble everywhere I roam Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-73014 10-in. 12/2/1924 I'm so glad I'm brownskin Clarence Williams’ Trio ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-73015 10-in. 12/2/1924 Off and on blues Clarence Williams’ Trio ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio Performer, clarinet  
OKeh S-73026 10-in. 12/17/1924 Mandy, make up your mind Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance quintet, with female vocal solo Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-73027 10-in. 12/17/1924 I'm a little blackbird looking for a bluebird Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance quartet, with female vocal solo Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-73081 10-in. 1/8/1925 Who'll chop your suey (When I'm gone) Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet Composer, Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-73082 10-in. 1/8/1925 Done made a fool out of me Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-73083 10-in. 1/8/1925 Cake walking babies from home Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance quintet, with female vocal solo Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-73084 10-in. 1/8/1925 Pickin' on your baby Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-73204 10-in. 3/4/1925 Cast away Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh S-73205 10-in. 3/4/1925 Papa de-da-da Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance ensemble, with female vocal solo Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh 73787 10-in. 11/26/1925 Pleasure mad Russell Lee ; Daisy Wright Female-male vocal duet, with piano Composer  
OKeh 74066 10-in. 3/24/1926 What's the matter now? Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh 74067 10-in. 3/24/1926 I want every bit of it—I don't like it second hand Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh 74072 10-in. 3/25/1926 Brother Ben Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh 74073 10-in. 3/25/1926 The prisoner's blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh 74074 10-in. 3/25/1926 Careless man blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh 74075 10-in. 3/25/1926 How could I be blue Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet Performer, soprano saxophone  
OKeh W81326 10-in. 9/8/1927 Egyptian fantasy Paramount Twins Banjo duet Composer  
Brunswick 13605-13607 10-in. 7/24/1924 Pleasure mad Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band Composer  
Decca 60888 10-in. 3/11/1936 That's what love did co me Noble Sissle Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 60889 10-in. 3/11/1936 You can't live in Harlem Noble Sissle Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 60890 10-in. 3/11/1936 I wonder who made rhythm Noble Sissle Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 60891 10-in. 3/11/1936 'Tain't a fit night out for man or beast Noble Sissle Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 60892 10-in. 3/11/1936 I take to you Noble Sissle Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 60893 10-in. 3/11/1936 Rhythm of the Broadway moon Noble Sissle Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63263 10-in. 2/10/1938 Viper mad Noble Sissle's Swingsters Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63264 10-in. 2/10/1938 Blackstick Noble Sissle's Swingsters Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63265 10-in. 2/10/1938 When the sun sets down South-1 Noble Sissle's Swingsters Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63266 10-in. 2/10/1938 Sweet patootie Noble Sissle's Swingsters Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63866 10-in. 5/26/1938 Freight train blues Trixie Smith Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63867 10-in. 5/26/1938 Trixie blues Trixie Smith Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63868 10-in. 5/26/1938 My Daddy rocks me Trixie Smith Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63869 10-in. 5/26/1938 My Daddy rocks me No.2 Trixie Smith Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63870 10-in. 5/26/1938 He may be your man Trixie Smith Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63871 10-in. 5/26/1938 Jack I'm mellow Trixie Smith Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63872 10-in. 5/26/1938 Lady be good Trixie Smith Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63873 10-in. 5/26/1938 Uncle Joe Grant and Wilson Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63874 5/26/1938 I am a woman Grant and Wilson Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63875 10-in. 5/26/1938 Toot it, brother Armstrong-1 Grant and Wilson Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63876 5/26/1938 Blue Monday on Sugar Hill Grant and Wilson Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63877 10-in. 5/26/1938 My unusual man Trixie Smith Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 67817 10-in. 5/27/1940 Perdido Street blues Sidney Bechet ; Louis Armstrong Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 67818 10-in. 5/27/1940 2:19 blues Sidney Bechet ; Louis Armstrong Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 67819 10-in. 5/27/1940 Down in honky tonk town (some pressings De. 18091 (alb. A-144)) Sidney Bechet ; Louis Armstrong Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 67820 10-in. 5/27/1940 Coal cart blues Sidney Bechet ; Louis Armstrong Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 100751 6/26/1956 The cotton ball (Coquin de boubou) Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 101950 5/16/1956 St. Louis blues Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 101952 5/16/1956 Back home Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 101953 5/16/1956 The Memphis blues Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 101954 5/16/1956 Yes, we have no bananas Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 101955 5/16/1956 Dinah Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 101956 5/16/1956 Tin roof blues Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 101957 5/16/1956 Jazz me blues Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 107467 6/26/1956 Passport to paradise Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 107468 6/29/1956 Touch of blues (Un coup de cafard) Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 107469 3/23/1957 The bagatelle (La bagatelle) Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 107470 2/24/1957 14th of July (14 Juillet) Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 107472 10/20/1949 My man (Mon homme) Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 107473 2/8/1955 An angel like that (Un ange comme ca) Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca C 9295 10-in. 8/15/1934 Under the Creole moon Noble Sissle and his International Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca C 9296 10-in. 8/15/1934 The old ark is moverin' Noble Sissle and his International Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca C 9297 10-in. 8/15/1934 Loveless love Noble Sissle and his International Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca C 9298 10-in. 8/15/1934 Polka dot rag Noble Sissle and his International Orchestra Performer, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca V3019 10/14/1949 Les oignons Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 52V4176 1/21/1952 Petite fleur Sidney Bechet All Stars Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 52V4202 1/18/1952 I remember when (Si tu vois ma mere) Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  
Decca 52V4205 1/18/1952 The fish vendor (Le marchand de poissons) Sidney Bechet Performer, soprano saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bechet, Sidney," accessed September 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103288.

Bechet, Sidney. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103288.

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