Note: Dr. Bechet credits Lawrence Vegas, who played with Achille Baquet, as being the first "white boy" to play clarinet "in the jazz style." He learned from Manuel Perez. He discusses George Baquet's having taken a liking to Sidney Bechet, and his influence – he'd come talk to the Bechet's mother and convince her to let Sidney come out to play. Sidney quit school around 12 or 13 years old, but the family realized early that his calling was to be a musician.
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