Remembrance of Jazz Past: Sidney Bechet in France

Andy Fry

in The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195341867
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Series: Oxford Handbooks

Remembrance of Jazz Past: Sidney Bechet in France

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This article reviews the pictorial obituary of Sidney Bechet, which emphasizes youthful epiphanies and international recognition. It first studies Ernest Ansermet's views and theories about jazz and race, and then looks at Bechet's activities during the 1920s and early 1930s. This is followed by a discussion of Bechet's discovery in France at the 1949 festival and his subsequent rise to fame. The critical disputes over the authenticity of Bechet's jazz performances are explored, and an autobiography of Bechet is provided in the final section of the article.

Keywords: Sidney Bechet; Ernest Ansermet; jazz; authenticity; autobiography

Article.  12147 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Musicology and Music History

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