Early New Orleans jazzman, 1897-1959. Bechet played the clarinet and the soprano saxophone. According to legend, his talent was discovered when he was six. His family had hired Freddie Keppard's jazz band to perform at a birthday party, but their clarenetist didn't show up. Halfway through a number, a clarinet was heard improvising in the background. It turned out to be Sidney, using an older brother's instrument. Bechet was a strong soloist, but hard to play with. He collaborated with Louis Armstrong in 1924-1925, making a masterpiece recording of "Cake Walkin' Babies From Home", but a 1945 concert suffered from their competition. He moved to France in 1951, where he found great fame.

Paraphrased from Jazz: From its Origins to the Present, Porter & Ullman

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