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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 (Results 1-25 of 134 records)

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  
(Results 1-25 of 134 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bechet, Sidney," accessed September 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103288.

Bechet, Sidney. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103288.

"Bechet, Sidney." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 September 2020.

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

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