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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sidney Bechet

On Monday, we attended a fabulous concert of the music of Sidney Bechet. I was unfamiliar with the life of the New Orleans born jazzman, and apparently he is much more famous in France than he was in the U.S.

It was a treat for me to rediscover his music which I immediately recognized - after all, one of his pieces was selected by Woody Allen as a theme for the movie Midnight in Paris.

The concert was performed by a quintet which included Daniel Bechet (the only son of Sidney) on drums; Olivier Franc on soprano sax (the sax actually belonged to Sidney Bechet); Jean-Baptiste Franc (Olivier's son) on piano; Gilles Chevaucherie on string bass; and Benoit de Flamesnil on trombone. You can listen to more of the songs here.

The quintet will perform again in October, 2013 at the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens - just in case you find yourself in Paris in October.

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