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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sidney Bechet

All About Jazz is celebrating Sidney Bechet’s birthday today! Along with his fellow New Orleanian, Louis Armstrong, Bechet was one of the first great soloists in jazz. His throaty, powerful clarinet and his throbbing soprano are among the most thrilling sounds in early jazz. He went from being a pioneer of jazz in the 1920s to a national hero in France, where he spent…

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