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Sidney Bechet

Sidney Bechet (Saxophone & Clarinet)

Born: 14th May 1897, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Died: 14th May 1959, Garches, France

Nationality: American

Sidney Joseph Bechet 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.