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Description - Treat It Gentle by Sidney Bechet

"The most valuable and moving of all jazz biographies." -Nat Hentoff. A legend on both the clarinet and the soprano saxophone, one of the most brilliant exponents of New Orleans jazz, Sidney Bechet (18971959) played with such fellow jazz legends as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Jelly Roll Morton. Here is his vivid story written in his own words. Expressive, frank, and hilarious, this classic in jazz literature re-creates a man, a music, and an era.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306811081
ISBN-10: 0306811081
Format: Paperback
(214mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 14-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sidney Bechet

Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) was one of the most brilliant exponents of New Orleans jazz. A prodigy on the clarinet, he soloed with Bunk Johnson's orchestra at age eleven, was improvising cornet-clarinet duos with Buddy Petit at age fifteen. Leaving New Orleans in the 1920s, Bechet took his Creole sound and spirit to New York, where he adopted the soprano saxophone and soon developed the unique style that marked his special artistry.