Just one of those things

Sidney Bechet was the undisputed the king of the soprano saxophone and also one of the most innovative and original clarinetists in jazz. He brought an unequaled energy, clarity and verve to his chosen instruments, and was best known for his heavy vibrato.

Along with King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, Bechet is part of the pantheon of New Orleans’ greatest jazz musicians. Born May 14, 1897, into a New Orleans Creole family, Bechet was a child prodigy with a tremendous natural talent for music. By the age of 13, Bechet was not only a professional musician, but — much to his family’s dismay — a jazz musician.

At 16, Bechet began touring with pianist and singer Clarence Williams throughout the deep South, moving on to trumpeter King Oliver’s band six years later in 1919. Music took Bechet to Chicago, New York, even Europe — valuable worldly experience that would later influence his playing.

Source: Jazz Profiles from NPR

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