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New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sidney Joseph Bechet

1897-1959

 
 
Sidney Joseph Bechet Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 14, 2009
1. Sidney Joseph Bechet Memorial
Inscription. First Panel:
This bronze bust of Sidney Bechet is a faithful copy of the original by French sculptor Abel Chrétien. The original erected in 1960, a year after Bechet’s death in Juan-Les-Fins, France. This town was named in 1994 as a “Twin City” to New Orleans’ Vieux Carre. Chretien’s Bechet sculpture in France is thought to be the first public monument to a jazz musician erected anywhere in the world. This fine copy was executed by the Fonderie De Coubertin in St. Remy-Les-Chevreuses, France 1997. Bechet mentions Congo Square prominently in his autobiography, thereby giving meaning to this site.

Second Panel:
...“Wizard of Jazz” and Master of the Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone
Born: May 14, 1897, New Orleans
Died: May 14, 1959, Paris, France
“I have never forgotten the power and imagination with which he played,” Duke Ellington (c. 1973)
This memorial was unveiled by Mark H. Morial, Mayor, City of New Orleans, and Francois Bujon de Vestang French Ambassador to the U.S. in the presence of Daniel Sidney Bechet and other Bechet family members too numerous to mention....

Third Panel:
This monument to Jazz giant Sidney Bechet was made possible by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. June Cahn and Family have
Sidney Joseph Bechet Marker Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 14, 2009
2. Sidney Joseph Bechet Marker Panel 1
also assisted with a generous donation in memory of Jules Cahn whose love of Jazz and the French Quarter was known by all who knew him.

Dedicated May 6, 1997
Sidney Bechet Centennial Committee
 
Erected 1997 by Sidney Bechet Centennial Committee.
 
Location. 29° 57.691′ N, 90° 4.093′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker can be reached from North Rampart Street. Click for map. The marker panels are on the base of the Sidney Bechet bust in Congo Square, inside the main (St. Ann Street) entrance to Louis Armstrong Park off North Rampart Street. Marker is in this post office area: New Orleans LA 70116, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Congo Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gardette - Le Pretre House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Campanel Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Xiques House (approx. ¼ mile away); Creole Cottage c. 1810 (approx. ¼ mile away); "Oven" Vaults (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in New Orleans.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sidney Bechet.org.
Sidney Joseph Bechet Marker Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 14, 2009
3. Sidney Joseph Bechet Marker Panel 2
(Submitted on July 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Sidney Bechet. (Submitted on July 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. St. Augustine Church (Tremé, New Orleans). Sidney Bechet was one of the prominent parishioners of nearby St. Augustine's, the oldest African-American Catholic parish in the nation ... one of the first sites designated on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on July 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Musician; Creoles of Color; St. Augustine Church; Tremé; Congo Square; Louis Armstrong Park.
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
 
Sidney Joseph Bechet Marker Panel 3 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 14, 2009
4. Sidney Joseph Bechet Marker Panel 3
Sidney Joseph Bechet Memorial - Louis Armstrong Park, Congo Square, image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 14, 2009
5. Sidney Joseph Bechet Memorial - Louis Armstrong Park, Congo Square,
across the promenade in background is the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,674 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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