Sidney Bechet

Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet penned an article for the Revue Romande in 1920 which is universally acknowledged as the first serious writing about jazz. “There is in the Southern Syncopated Orchestra an extraordinary clarinet virtuoso,” he wrote, “...the first of his race to have composed perfectly formed blues on the clarinet.” Ansermet went on to praise two of this performer’s blues as “equally admirable for their richness of invention, force of accent, and daring novelty...” He continued “I wish to set down the name of this artist of genius; as for myself, I shall... Read More

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