“Greetings Jazz Lovers!”

Welcome to the home of
The Sidney Bechet Society

SBS completed its 18th year in 2015, presenting the shows “If Django met Sidney” (with Olivier Franc on soprano sax), & “Sweet & Lowdown Reunion” (with Ken Peplowski on clarinet) in Spring 2015, and concluded with “Ear Inn, Uptown!” in Fall 2015, featuring our longtime New Orleans friend, Evan Christopher on clarinet.

Founded in 1997, The Sidney Bechet Society, Ltd.® was formed to promote the music of Sidney Bechet, and the culture of New Orleans jazz. Our very first concert featured sax & clarinet legends Bob Wilber and Benny Waters, and was named 1997 Concert of the Year by Joe Klee in the Mississippi Rag.

Our mission is to present the highest quality traditional jazz, played by today’s top musicians, both American & International stars, in the heart of New York City & Long Island.

Currently SBS is on a short hiatus as we seek commercial sponsorship, and/or philanthropy, to insure the longterm future of The Society. Our goal is to continue to be a clearinghouse for great New Orleans style jazz, in venues worthy of the passionate master musicians who play it for us.

Please sign up for the SBS newsletter (in the box on the left), which will keep you updated on our progress, other exciting jazz events in and around the NYC area, and on Sidney Bechet news in general. The quest continues…….


Listen to archives of the radio show of
SBS founder, Eric Offner