Jazz Artist of the Week
Sidney Bechet - "Beh-shay"
Sidney Bechet was a american clarinetist (and later soprano saxophonist) who was born in New Orleans in 1897. He was one of the most important musicians in early jazz. He actually beat Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by a couple of months. Bechet's volatile nature is responsible for hampering his career, but his early recordings were critical to the development of jazz. His signature sound and wide vibrato are instantly recognized on any recording. He was truly "one of a kind."