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Dick Lee's Bechet Nouveau

Dick Lee's Bechet Nouveau

Craft, imagination and not a little mischief


Fine playing




  • Dick Lee - Clarinet, Saxophone
  • Roy Percy - Double Bass
  • Mike Daly - Cornet
  • Max Popp - Drums, Percussion
  • Alison Affleck - Voice
  • Ross Milligan - Guitar, Banjo


Of course there will never be another Sidney Bechet but Bechet Nouveau's aim is to reproduce some of the spirited style of the original performances, featuring tunes such as Petite Fleur and High Society, recorded first by Bechet in the 30s, which then were hits for Monty Sunshine with the Chris Barber band in the 50s.

The programme is divided between instrumental and vocal numbers, the latter with award winning vocalist Alison.

Each item is introduced by Dick, with brief information about each item and stories of Sidney Bechet's colourful life and career.


When the great Swiss conductor Ernst Ansermet heard the young jazz clarinettist and soprano sax player Sidney Bechet play in 1919 he called him "an artist of genius" and prophesied that Sidney's way "is the highway along which the whole world will swing tomorrow".

He was right. Here we are 100 years later and 6 of Scotland's finest traditional jazz players have come together in an exciting new collaboration to play Bechet's music

For an immediate impression of what the band sounds like check the Soundcloud link for some performances recorded live at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. Details of the concert programme are in the next section.

Brief biographies:

Dick Lee, clarinet and saxophone, is "a brilliantly inventive musician, composer and bandleader…an entertainer…entirely geared towards keeping the customer satisfied and entertained." (Rob Adams, Herald)

Vocalist Alison Affleck is the three time award winner / nominee of Best Jazz Vocalist at the Scottish jazz awards - a "musical storyteller" (The Herald) - "Scotland's Queen of vintage jazz and blues" (ocweekly).

Ross Milligan, banjo and guitar, has played, toured and recorded with artists as diverse as Tricky, Sir George Martin and the RSNO. His music has appeared on TV worldwide.

Trumpeter Mike Daly's style has been influenced by players such as Bobby Hackett and the great Bix Biederbecke. Mike has performed with artists such as Bucks Fizz and Rod Stewart and is the founding member of The Rhythm Kings.

Best known for his work within the Tim Kliphuis Trio and the Classic Jazz Orchestra, double bassist Roy Percy has also worked with top international musicians Evan Christopher, Marty Grosz, Humphrey Lyttleton and Bob Barnard.

Chicago drummer Max Popp has toured and recorded with the Brian Kellock Trio, Mario Caribe's Boteco Trio, the Georgia Cecile Group, Fraser Urquhart and Alison Affleck (Best Jazz Vocalist Award 2014).