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.


Greetings Jazz Lovers,
It has been a number of years since my last Letter from the President of The Sidney Bechet Society. I would like to update everyone on all the activities that are taking place with The Society… [read more]


Wednesday, March 20 – 7:15pm — The Jim Cullum Jazz Band

Jim CullumTraditional jazz, Texas style, as The Sidney Bechet Society presents San Antonio’s Jim Cullum Jazz Band. In their first NYC appearance in 5 years, the stars of Public Radio International’s long running weekly program, “Riverwalk Jazz”, travel north to usher out the cold of winter with their brand of hot jazz.

2013 marks the JCJB’s 50th Anniversary! They have brought jazz far & wide, from legendary venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, & Wolf Trap, to a bull ring in Mexico & concert halls in Siberia. Their public radio series, “Riverwalk Jazz”, broadcasting since 1987, is heard on over 150 Public Radio stations nationwide and on the internet.

The band’s repertoire covers a lot of ground including small pre-war Benny Goodman ensembles. The core of the band’s music consists of the sounds of Jelly Roll Morton, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet, as well as a heavy emphasis on Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael.

The ensemble will include Jim Cullum (cornet), Alan Vache (clarinet), Mike Pittsley (trombone), John Sheridan (piano), Hal Smith (drums).

For more information, see info on the band and check out the sounds of their radio show.

Individual tickets are $35, available from Symphony Space and also by phone at (212) 864-5400. A full SBS season subscription is available via mail order.

Monday, April 15 – 7:15pm — Grammy Winning Vocalist Catherine Russell

Catherine RussellCatherine Russell sings “From Swing to Rhythm ‘n Blues” with Mark Shane (piano), Matt Munisteri (guitar), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Dan Block (clarinet/sax), and Ed Howard (bass).

Catherine’s website: www.catherinerussell.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/catherinerussellmusic
Interview/EPK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlLCC-1CnAg

Individual tickets are $35, available from Symphony Space and also by phone at (212) 864-5400. A full SBS season subscription is available via mail order.

Monday, June 3 – 7:15pm — Dan Levinson’s JAM SESSION OF THE MILLENNIUM

Dan LevinsonFeaturing 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.

Individual tickets are $35, available from Symphony Space and also by phone at (212) 864-5400. A full SBS season subscription is available via mail order.

Monday, September 9 – 7:15pm — Traditional Cornet Master Ed Polcer

Ed PolcerEd 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.

Listen to Ed:
http://www.edpolcer.com/king_porter_stomp.mp3
http://www.edpolcer.com/september_in_the_rain.mp3

and check out the Midiris:
http://www.midiribros.com/recordings.php?file=06_blue_lou
http://www.midiribros.com/recordings.php?file=05_jubilee_stomp
http://www.midiribros.com/recordings.php?file=14_sacramento_blues

Individual tickets are $35, available from Symphony Space and also by phone at (212) 864-5400. A full SBS season subscription is available via mail order.

Monday, October 14 – 7:15pm — Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road

Evan ChristopherLouie’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.

Individual tickets are $35, available from Symphony Space and also by phone at (212) 864-5400. A full SBS season subscription is available via mail order.

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