Note: Bechet recalls how his family worried about Sidney Bechet's playing with the "riff raff" in the District, which they thought was "one of the worst places – it would interfere with the morals of the -- especially young people." He tells Lomax about Sidney's fans Uptown, such as Clark Wade, a pimp who bought him clothes and looked after him. Lomax asks about the Jim Crow aspects of the District – Bechet says that the only way to make any real money there was to play for whites, and, no matter how "rough" or "ignorant" the black jazz players were, they always knew to respect white society to avoid any scrapes.
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