Celebrating Sidney Bechet in Battersea – 9 October

This year 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Antoine ‘Adolphe’ Sax, the Belgian inventor of the saxophone! It is acknowledged that Jazz has been the voice par excellence of the instruments which the creator bequeathed to the world of music and no voice has excelled that of the late Sidney Bechet, born in 1897 in New Orleans and recognised as the finest player of the soprano saxophone by a good many of the giants of Jazz, the legendary Duke Ellington included!

Sidney Bechet was born in New Orleans in May 1897 and is acknowledged as the greatest of the early masters of Jazz, up there with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. He toured widely in the US and Europe and finally settled in Paris where he found himself amongst many of the most revered names of 20th century art, literature and music. During his short stay in England in 1919 he played before King George V and Queen Mary. Some of his compositions such as Petite Fleur are jazz classics.

Daniel-Sidney Bechet, Sidney’s only child, was only five when his father died but his whole life has been spent promoting his father’s memory.  As a drummer, he has become an accomplished Jazz musician himself. His book, ‘Sidney Bechet: My Father’, published by Books of Africa and successfully launched at the Hippodrome Casino in May, tells the story of this visionary genius as witnessed by his son. It also records Daniel’s own life and gives us his own take on the world of Jazz.  A copy of the CD ‘Homage’ containing some of Bechet’s most famous compositions is included in the book!

On Thursday 9 October, 8pm., Daniel will be in place to promote the book and perform his father’s original compositions at Le Quecumbar, Battersea, with a trio of the brightest young stars on the London Jazz scene and the don of the double bass:

Giacomo Smith, soprano sax and clarinet

Kourosh Kanani, guitar

Eleazar Luiz Spreafico, bass


Special Guest Gary Crosby (Jazz Jamaica)

The vibe will be New Orleans! The ambience will transport you to Paris ‘aux années 20s et 30s de la dernière siècle’! And you’ll be welcome to dress accordingly à la mode!

Admission: £8.00 in advance (£11.00 on the door)

Le Quecumbar, 42-44 Battersea High Street, London SW11 3HX

 Web-site: www.quecumbar.co.uk

Organised by Ra Hendricks, Jazzmo’thology

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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