Leonard Bechet 4/49

April 4, 1949 to April 14, 1949
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
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.

Interview with Leonard Bechet about drive in jazz, the differences between Creole and black musicians, and jazz as a social unifier

Interview with Leonard Bechet about his brother Sidney Bechet, the Creole social scene, and the Creole opinion of uptown blacks

Interview with Leonard Bechet about his parents

Interview with Leonard Bechet about his profession as a dentist

Interview with Leonard Bechet about Sidney Bechet's playing in Storyville and the Jim Crow restrictions of Uptown

Interview with Leonard Bechet about early blues and Storyville characters

Interview with Leonard Bechet about Sidney Bechet's talent and their Silver Bells band

Interview with Leonard Bechet about his Silver Bells band, the Bechet family, and Sidney's early musical ability

Interview with Leonard Bechet about George Baquet, Manuel Perez, and other influences on Sidney Bechet, and his own early playing around New Orleans

Interview with Leonard Bechet about his string band repetoire and the song C'├ętait N'aut' Can-can, Payez Donc

Interview with Leonard Bechet about early pre-jazz players and youngsters playing music

Interview with Leonard Bechet about George Baquet and his influence on Sidney Bechet

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