[Dixielandjazz] Bechet's main instrument

Robert Smith robert.smith at tele2.no
Mon Nov 12 10:18:10 PST 2007

For the first eleven years of his career, Bechet played clarinet, then he 
bought a soprano saxophone in London some time between 1919 and 1921. After 
that he seems to have alternated between the clarinet and the soprano 
saxophone up until his later years where it would seem he was requested to 
play the saxophone more and more.

Since he learnt to play the clarinet at an early age (6 years old) under the 
tuition of George Bacquet, "Big Eye" Louis Nelson, and Lorenzo Tio, I would 
suggest that the clarinet was his main instrument.


Bob Smith

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