The Eye Center
Treat it Gentle
Sidney Bechet in Paris
Sat, Aug 11, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
"Bechet to me was the very epitome of jazz…everything he played in his whole life was completely original. I honestly think he was the most unique man ever to be in this music." -- Duke Ellington
Although the clarinetist/soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet’s first trip to Europe was in 1919, and despite a colorful series of visits to Paris in the 1920s including, but not limited to, an alleged affair with Josephine Baker, a gunfight, incarceration and deportation, his fame stems more from the last decade of his life (1949-59) when Bechet moved permanently to France and became one of our greatest American exports of that time. The adoration and acclaim he received by the French audiences set in motion two things: a revival of world-wide interest in more “traditional” hot jazz (and, with it, a re-discovering of some of its chief practitioners); and a remarkable exodus of American jazz musicians to Europe, setting up shop in countries where they felt more appreciated than in America. We’ll reflect on key moments through Bechet’s career, including his early records backing up blues singers, his fiery meetings with Louis Armstrong, his famous “one-man band” recordings, his special “French” compositions, and a remarkable series of recordings he made with Willie “The Lion” Smith in 1939 of his impressions of Haitian music, predating the world music craze by a good 50 years.
Event Personnel
Ken Peplowski, director, soprano saxophone
Program
SET 1
 The Sheik Of Araby
(1921)
Words by Harry B. Smith, Francis Wheeler - Music by Ted Snyder
This was kind of a "party" piece for Bechet - so much that other saxophonists learned his solo and played it themselves on records, notably Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington.
 The Saint Louis Blues
(1914)
Words & music by W. C. Handy
This was Bechet's feature tune with his first stint with Noble Sissle in his first, early trip to France.
 Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
(1924)
Words & music by Tom Delaney, Pearl Delaney
Recorded by the Red Onion Jazz Babies with Bechet, Louis Armstrong, and a young Alberta Hunter recording as "Josephine Beatty".
 Cake Walking Babies From Home
(1924)
Words & music by Clarence Williams, Chris Smith, Henry Troy
Recorded with Louis Armstrong.
 Loveless Love
(1926)
Words by W. C. Handy
 Sweetie Dear
(1906)
Words by Will Marion Cook - Music by Joe Jordan
From Bechet's first important record as leader, billed as The New Orleans Feetwarmers.
 I Want You Tonight
(1910s)
Music by Sidney Bechet
Original by Bechet, again recorded by The New Orleans Feetwarmers.
 My Daddy Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll)
(1922)
Music by J. Bernie Barbour
Recorded with blues vocalist Trixie Smith.
 I'm Just Wild About Harry
(1921) Shuffle Along
Words by Noble Sissle - Music by Eubie Blake
With Noble Sissle.
 Maple Leaf Rag
(1899)
Music by Scott Joplin
SET 2
 Blackstick
(1938)
Music by Sidney Bechet
Another composition by Bechet, first recorded with Noble Sissle.
 Summertime
(1935) Porgy And Bess
Words by Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward - Music by George Gershwin
Bechet's version was a big hit on the early Blue Note label.
 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
(1915)
Words by Clarence Williams - Music by Armand J. Piron
This song was a favorite of Bechet.
 Baha Rhumba
(1939)
Music by Sidney Bechet
 Petite Fleur ["Little Flower"]
(1952)
Music by Sidney Bechet
Bechet's biggest "French hit" - this song, written by him, is practically a French standard. (This and the rest of the program is from Bechet's "Haitian Moods" record, recorded in 1939 with a quintet including pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith.)
 Les Oignons ["Onions"]
(1949)
Music by Sidney Bechet
 Promenade Aux Champs-Élysées ["Walk on the Champs-Élysées"]
(1951)
Music by Sidney Bechet
 Moustache Gauloise ["French Moustache"]
(1950)
Music by Sidney Bechet
Written about a famous French drummer, "Moustache".
 Magic Island Meringue
(1939)
Music by Sidney Bechet
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
J. Bernie Barbour, 1881-
Sidney Bechet, 1897-1959
Eubie Blake, 1883-1983
Will Marion Cook, 1869-1944
Tom Delaney, -
Pearl Delaney, -
George Gershwin, 1898-1937
Ira Gershwin, 1896-1983
W. C. Handy, 1873-1958
DuBose Heyward, 1885-1940
Scott Joplin, 1868-1917
Joe Jordan, 1882-1971
Armand J. Piron, 1888-1943
Noble Sissle, 1889-1975
Chris Smith, -
Harry B. Smith, 1860-1936
Ted Snyder, 1881-1965
Henry Troy, -
Francis Wheeler, -
Clarence Williams, 1898-1965
Ticket/Venue Info
Treat It Gentle Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
AA36.00  32.50  30.75  29.00  18.00 
A32.00  29.00  27.25  25.75  16.00 
B26.00  23.50  22.25  21.00  13.00 
O20.00  18.00  17.00  16.00  10.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000

Become a member
Purchase tickets at:
The Shedd Ticket Office
541.434.7000
Le Jazz Hot Musical Overview
Le Jazz Hot Schedule
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts (The Shedd)
E. Broadway & High Street, Eugene | PO Box 1497, Eugene OR 97440-1497 | Phone 541.687.6526 | Tickets: 541.434.7000 | Email: info@theshedd.net
Copyright © 1991-2017 The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts. All rights reserved.
Shedd Institute Reviews Google+