The Sidney Bechet Society, Ltd.® was formed in July of 1997. Its charter is to promote the music inspired by Sidney Bechet. Our first jazz concert featuring Bob Wilber and Benny Waters, was named Concert of the Year by Joe Klee in the Mississippi Rag for the year 1997. The same honor was extended to our jazz concert in 1998 and 2001. We continue to present some of New York’s highest quality traditional jazz, once again returning to Peter Norton Symphony Space, at 95th & Broadway in NYC, with four top notch shows.



Byron StriplingMonday, October 6 – 7:15pm
Jazz Masters Byron Stripling and Evan Christopher lead a tribute to SBS founder, Eric Offner
with Marion Felder, Kelly Friesen and Bobby Floyd

Monday, October 6th, The Sidney Bechet Society celebrates the life of its late founder, Eric Offner, at Peter Norton Symphony Space.

Trumpeter, Byron Stripling and clarinetist, Evan Christopher, two of Eric’s favorite musicians, will lead an intimate, soulful, down home tribute to the man whose passion for Sidney Bechet has resulted in 17 years of the finest traditional jazz concerts in NYC.

Please join us in a loving musical celebration of this inspirational figure on the New York jazz scene.

Byron Stripling is a veteran of the Lionel Hampton Band, Count Basie Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He is currently artistic director of The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, in Ohio.

Evan Christopher is the chief practitioner of the New Orleans-Creole style of clarinet. A veteran of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, he currently tours the world with his own band, Django a la Creole. “…in my estimation, not only the greatest jazz clarinetist alive, but one of the greatest of all time.” Ahmet Ertegun, Founder of Atlantic Records
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Drummer Marion Felder is a graduate of Julliard and a veteran of The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He recently toured with Michael Buble.

Bassist Kelly Friesen, a master of the slap bass style, is a veteran of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band and is featured on both screen and soundtrack in the film, “Sweet and Lowdown”.

Pianist Bobby Floyd has been a member of Ray Charles’ band, and currently tours with New Orleans’ legend, Dr. John.

Individual tickets are $35, available online from Symphony Space and also by phone at (212) 864-5400. Single-show tickets, and Full Season Subscriptions, are also available directly from The Society, via this mail order form.


Join these top musicians as SBS returns to Symphony Space, at 95th & Broadway in NYC.

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