St. louis Blues

Sidney Bechet


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In this enchanting 1958 film clip, the legendary soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet takes the stage in France alongside clarinetist Andrei Reiweiliotty and his band. With his roots in the vibrant jazz scene of New Orleans, Bechet delivers a mesmerizing rendition of “St. Louis Blues,” originally composed by W.C. Handy. His dynamic instrumental performance captivates the French audience, leaving them in awe of his musical prowess.

Tragically, Sidney Bechet’s brilliant career was cut short when he passed away the following year in Paris, on May 14, 1959, which also marked his 62nd birthday. His legacy continues to resonate in the world of jazz, a testament to his enduring impact on the genre.


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