In recent months, Parisian music venues have hosted many a jazz star from the genre’s birthplace, New Orleans – from Branford Marsalis to Irvin Mayfield and the Soul Rebels. The master saxophonist Sidney Bechet (1897-1959), who also hailed from the Crescent City, will be honoured by this special tribute concert at the Olympia de Paris, some 60 years after the jazz legend took this iconic music hall by storm.
Bechet, who’s often described as one of the first great jazz soloists, enjoyed cult status in France and had strong ties to the country – he lived, worked, married and spent the last decade of his life there. This event will feature a repertoire of some of his most loved and well-known tunes, such as Egyptian Fantasy, Muskrat Ramble and Petite Fleur, played by a band featuring his son, composer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Sidney Bechet.
Where: 75009 Paris, 28 Boulevard des Capucines, 75009 Paris
When: October 24 at 8.30pm
Telephone: +33 8 92 68 33 68
From France Today magazine