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, this year returning to The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, at 95th & Broadway, with five top notch shows.
Monday, June 3 – 7:15pm — Dan Levinson’s JAM SESSION OF THE MILLENNIUM
Featuring the New Torch Bearers of Trad Jazz
The recent resurgence of “trad jazz” and swing dancing has brought about an explosion of talented young musicians. They can be seen and heard in a burgeoning variety of bars and restaurants throughout New York City such as Mona’s in the East Village and Radegast in Williamsburg. Dan Levinson has assembled a dozen of these dedicated stalwarts for the June 3 concert. They’ll assemble in various combinations, culminating in a spectacular collective jam session for the grand finale. This will surely be the jam session of the millennium.
Monday, September 9 – 7:15pm — Traditional Cornet Master Ed Polcer
Ed Polcer returns to the Bechet Society stage along with a veteran SBS rhythm section: Mark Shane on piano, Frank Tate on bass, and Marion Felder on drums. Joining Ed on the frontline are SBS first timers, The Midiri Brothers. On soprano sax & clarinet, Joe Midiri, and on trombone & vibes, Paul Midiri.
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Monday, October 14 – 7:15pm — Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road
Louie’s Dream: Celebrating Our Jazz Heroes with Eli Yamin (piano) and special guests
Evan Christopher & Eli Yamin pay tribute to their jazz heroes in their 2013 duo release, Louie’s Dream. Several guest artists will be featured for this special Sidney Bechet Society concert to help celebrate their new CD.
Join these top musicians as SBS returns to Symphony Space, at 95th & Broadway in NYC.
Daily video clips and vintage recordings from Jazz artists of the 1930′s.