Birth Of The Blues
Birth Of The Blues Juan Martinez Alex Espinoza Who was Sidney Bechet ? Sidney Bechet was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of Jazz’s greatest musicians. Where did the Blues come from ? - Blues started with the music of African Americans in the Mississippi Delta and other places in the southern parts of the US, such as New Orleans, and Memphis. How was the blues made ? Blues music originated from African American slaves who would sing 'work' songs during their long days toiling in the plantations. The songs borrowed a lot from African folk songs and the slaves used them as a way of motivating themselves during their hard times. Was the Blues successful after slavery? Virtually all modern music in the West owes a profound debt to the American black man. If not for the soul and expression imported so cruelly from Africa there would be no blues, no soul and no jazz – and hence no R’B, no rock and roll, no rap, no hip hop and no funk. If not for the plaintive laments of black slaves working in cotton plantation in the Mississippi we would probably all still be singing polkas and hillbilly ballads today. Sidney Bechet Sidney Bechet, one of the great jazz musicians of all time , was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in May 1897. He was a Creole of color , a member of a black community that traced its roots back to the French, Spanish, and Caribbean culture that characterized the city before Louisiana became part of the United States. The Bechets were a musical family; the father was a shoemaker who played the flute and Sidney’s brother played the clarinet and trombone, while Sidney took to the clarinet. His extraordinary musical abilities were evident by the time he was ten.