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Sidney Bechet
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Musician
    (May 14, 1897-May 14, 1959)
    Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Played sax and clarinet
    Recorded 'Weary Blues,' 'Really the Blues,' 'Petite Fleur' and 'Summertime'
    Last name pronounced 'buh-shay'
    Although he was the first important jazz saxophonist, Louis Armstrong's career outshone him.
    He was jailed in France after he challenged a man to a duel after being accused of playing the wrong chord.
    During the shoot out, a female passerby was wounded.
    He was deported from France.
    He taught himself how to play the clarinet at the age of six.
    Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn named one of their adopted children after him.
    Saxophonist Johnny Hodges studied with him as a teenager.

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