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Sidney Bechet (Composer)

Born: 14th May 1897, New Orleans, USA

Died: 14th May 1959, Garches, Paris, France

Nationality: American

Sidney Joseph Bechet was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz, and first recorded several months before trumpeter Louis Armstrong. His erratic temperament hampered his career, and not until the late 1940s did he earn wide acclaim.