New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Sidney Joseph Bechet
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.
...“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....
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
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. Touch 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); St. Peter Guest House (about 600 feet away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Sidney Bechet (Submitted on July 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. 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 Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,731 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on August 28, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 5. submitted on July 20, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.