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Celebrating Sidney Bechet - Olivier et Jean-Baptiste Franc


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Celebrating Sidney Bechet - Olivier et Jean-Baptiste Franc

May 29, 2018, 12:00 am

Oliver Franc
The Triad (Stage 72)
158 West 72nd Street, 212-279-4200
Thursday May 31

Celebrating the great New Orleans clarinetist and multi-reed pioneer Sidney Bechet: In recognition of the 121st birthday anniversary of his birth (May 14, 1897) and the 59th anniversary of his death (May 14, 1959 - yes, he died on his birthday - ouch.), the Triad Theater is presenting the gifted French jazz virtuoso Oliver Franc. Bechet spent his final decades in France, where he became a national hero, so it’s not surprising that his greatest champions and disciples are French jazzmen. For this special program, Mr. Franc is not only playing Bechet’s actual b-flat soprano instrument, but is bringing along two exceptional pianists, the stride master Jean-Baptiste Franc (Oliver’s son) and Allan Tate, who specializes in blues and gospel and is best known for his work with the remarkable Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Monsieur Franc is bound to play all of Bechet’s best known works, including his hit single, “Petite Fleur,” and the one you know from Midnight in Paris, “Si tu vois ma mère.”

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)