The Life Force of New Orleans
by NAT HENTOFF – March 2008
From when I was too young to be allowed into Boston jazz clubs, there’s an enduring memory of sneaking into Downtown at the Ken and marveling at Sidney Bechet….. whom I got to know when he played in Boston, has been the embodiment for me of the indomitable spirit of New Orleans jazz.
In October of last year, Christopher played at a Sidney Bechet Society concert in New York where—as reported in the The Bechet Quarterly—his “torrid clarinet solos illustrated why he’s held in such high regard by fans and fellow musicians alike. … On ‘Panama,’ he soared… literally dancing in place.”