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Sidney Bechet Treat It Gentle


Running Time: 57 Min.

This program goes on a journey from Bechet's birthplace near Storyville, New Orleans, to New York, London and Paris where he found stardom. The first jazz soprano saxophonist, he can be credited, along with others in New Orleans, with inventing jazz. He composed and recorded many classic songs with artists including Clarence Williams, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. There are interviews with friends, family and fellow musicians including Bob Wilber, who trained under Bechet, Wynton Marsalis, Humphrey Lyttelton, Michael White, Woody Allen and Claude Luter.

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