Interview with Leonard Bechet about his Silver Bells band, the Bechet family, and Sidney's early musical ability
Title: Interview with Leonard Bechet about his Silver Bells band, the Bechet family, and Sidney's early musical ability Date recorded: April 4, 1949 to April 14, 1949 Contributor(s): Performer: Lomax, Alan; Performer: Lomax, Alan; Performer: Bechet, Leonard; Recordist: Lomax, Alan
Note: Discussion of Bechet's Silver Bells band, and the players who were involved. He names his siblings and recalls their strict family life. Explains Sidney's early musical ability around 12 or 13 years old – he first played a flute.
About the session: Interviews with Dr. Leonard Bechet at his home in New Orleans. A dentist by trade and occasional trombonist, Bechet was the older brother of renowned clarinetist Sidney Bechet. He recalls the Bechet family's opinion of Sidney's involvement with the hot jazz circles, the differences between the Creole and black social scenes, pre-jazz Creole music, and discusses his current profession of dentistry. He led the Silver Bells Brass Band, featuring Sidney, until World War I and was a member of the Young Superior Brass Band in the 1920s.
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