Sidney Bechet (1897-1959), one of the greatest musician of early Jazz (saxophone, clarinet, piano, bass and drums). Lived and performed in Europe from 1925 to 1929, went back to America and settled in Paris in 1950
Sidney Bechet [1897, New Orleans, LA - 1959, Garches, France] was a jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz (beating cornetist and trumpeter Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months and later playing duets with Armstrong), and was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist. Forceful delivery, well-constructed improvisations, and a distinctive, wide vibrato characterized Bechet's playing.