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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 14, 1897 (New Orleans), Died May 14, 1959 (Garches)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1957

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

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Recordings (Results 76-100 of 139 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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 instrumentalist, 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, instrumentalist, 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 instrumentalist, 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 instrumentalist, 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 instrumentalist, 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 instrumentalist, 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 instrumentalist, 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 instrumentalist, 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 instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
OKeh 74072 10-in. 3/25/1926 Brother Ben Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
OKeh 74073 10-in. 3/25/1926 The prisoner's blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
OKeh 74074 10-in. 3/25/1926 Careless man blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
OKeh 74075 10-in. 3/25/1926 How could I be blue Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet instrumentalist, 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 instrumentalist, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 60889 10-in. 3/11/1936 You can't live in Harlem Noble Sissle Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 60890 10-in. 3/11/1936 I wonder who made rhythm Noble Sissle Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 60891 10-in. 3/11/1936 'Tain't a fit night out for man or beast Noble Sissle Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 60892 10-in. 3/11/1936 I take to you Noble Sissle Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 60893 10-in. 3/11/1936 Rhythm of the Broadway moon Noble Sissle Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63263 10-in. 2/10/1938 Viper mad Noble Sissle's Swingsters instrumentalist, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
Decca 63264 10-in. 2/10/1938 Blackstick Noble Sissle's Swingsters instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 63265 10-in. 2/10/1938 When the sun sets down South-1 Noble Sissle's Swingsters instrumentalist, clarinet, soprano saxophone  
(Results 76-100 of 139 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bechet, Sidney," accessed October 4, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103288.

Bechet, Sidney. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 4, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103288.

"Bechet, Sidney." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 4 October 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103288

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