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 Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival is a jazz festival dedicated to the music of Bix Beiderbecke.
The festival got its start in 1971 when Bill Donahue's Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Band of New Jersey traveled to Davenport, Iowa to play music at Bix's grave at the 40th anniversary of his death.
The Bix 7 foot race is held every year during the festival.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bix_Beiderbecke_Memorial_Jazz_Festival   (200 words)

 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Bix Beiderbecke
As a boy, Bix Beiderbecke had a few piano lessons, but he was self-taught on cornet and developed an unorthodox technique by playing along with recordings.
Beiderbecke's alcoholism caused his health to deteriorate, and he was frequently unable to perform.
Beiderbecke's originality made him one of the first white jazz musicians to be admired by fl performers.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_beiderbecke_bix.htm   (675 words)

 Bix Beiderbecke
Bix Beiderbecke was one of the great jazz musicians of the 1920's; he was also a child of the Jazz Age who drank himself to an early grave with illegal Prohibition liquor.
Bix was influenced a great deal by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, but soon surpassed their playing.
Bix was able to bone up on his sight-reading enough to re-join Jean Goldkette's Orchestra briefly, before signing up as a soloist with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra.
www.redhotjazz.com /bix.html   (614 words)

 The Drummers in the Recordings of Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra and of Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang, 1927-1929: An ...
In the 23 recordings made by Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra (with Bix) and by Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang beween July 1928 and April 1929, George Marsh, the Whiteman drummer at the time, was not a participant: mostly non-Whiteman musicians were used as drummers.
Charles “Burnie” Beiderbecke, Bix’s elder brother, attended this session, and recalled a spirit of boyish fun throughout.” Evans and Evans also report that Burnie attended the July 7, 1928 recording session, but the account by Burnie in the Evans and Evans book contradicts that in the liners for the Mosaic set.
However, once Bix stops recording with Trumbauer [the last recording session of Bix with Trumbauer’s band was on April 30, 1929], Marsh now returns and is the featured drummer in all remaining 1929 and 1930 Trumbauer recordings while Marsh and Tram are members of the Paul Whiteman orchestra.
bixography.com /bixdrummers.html   (3060 words)

 Bix Beiderbecke - AOL Music: BIO
Bix Beiderbecke was one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 1920s.
Beiderbecke was a bit of a child prodigy, picking out tunes on the piano when he was three.
Beiderbecke's recordings (even the obscure ones) are continually in print, for his followers believe that every note he played was special.
music.aol.com /artist/main.adp?tab=bio&artistid=55482   (588 words)

 Bix Beiderbecke
Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke was born in 1903 in Davenport, Iowa to a middle-class merchant family.
It is acknowledged that Bix had a wide musical influence on his contemporaries and beyond, especially on the young Hoagy Carmichael, whose composition Skylark originally bore the title Bix Licks.
Bix was especially interested in how the orchestration made use of various combinations of instruments to achieve color.
www.riverwalk.org /profiles/bix.htm   (558 words)

 DesMoinesRegister.com | Famous Iowans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Bix Beiderbecke of Davenport could have gone into the family's coal-and-lumber business.
Beiderbecke's list of compositions is short but enduring: "Davenport Blues," which he recorded in 1925 under his own name.
Beiderbecke is buried on a hill in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery, a cemetery his brother Charles once managed, and where he would anonymously escort fans to visit his brother's grave.
desmoinesregister.com /extras/iowans/beiderbecke.html   (593 words)

 NPR : Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz: Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke
Born in Davenport, IA, in 1903, composer and cornet player Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke became one of the first white jazz musicians admired by both white and fl performers.
Bix Beiderbecke was an alcoholic and in the late 1920's his rapidly deteriorating health began to take its toll on his professional life.
Beiderbecke was largely unknown to the public at the time of his death.
www.npr.org /programs/pianojazz/previousguests/summer2003/beiderbecke.html   (530 words)

 Solid! -- Bix Beiderbecke Biography
Beiderbecke was a true original whose influence can be heard in the sound of many of his contemporaries, including Red Nichols and Bunny Berigan.
Beiderbecke freelanced during the first half of 1925, recording and performing both under his own name and with other artists.
Beiderbecke's ability to read music had significantly improved by that time, and he was able to fulfill his obligations in the band.
www.parabrisas.com /d_beiderbeckeb.php   (468 words)

 BIX   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Bix played piano behind George." If Bix is playing his mouthpiece, then the piano player must be Dick Voynow.
Evidently, the disappearance of Bix a few bars before the solo and his reappearance a few bars after the solo are compatible with Evans contention that Bix is playing piano while Brunis is playing kazoo.
Bix had a very heavy two fisted sound when he was pounding out chords with a band.
www.captainkazoo.com /bix.html   (505 words)

 Bix History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Even those closest to Davenport, Iowa-born Leon Bix Beiderbecke never really knew just who he was, or the source of the musical genius as cornetist, pianist and composer that brought him lasting worldwide fame.
Bix was born on March 10, 1903, blazed like a jazz comet through the "Roaring '20's,' and died, worn-out and deathly ill, on Aug. 6, 1931, at the age of only 28.
Hoagy told of a time after a gig that he and Bix stopped on a cold night along a lonely country road, took out their horns, and began playing: "Bix was off.
www.bixsociety.org /bixhistory.htm   (404 words)

 BBC - Radio 3 Jazz Profiles - Bix Beiderbecke
His solo playing was supremely melodic, phrased slightly after the beat, and with such clarity of sound that one contemporary described it as 'like shooting bullets at a bell', while guitarist Eddie Condon likened his tone to 'a girl saying 'yes'.
He was one of the first American jazz players to include harmonic ideas form European classical music, and his piano compositions, notably In a Mist, have echoes of the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel in a jazz context.
Bix Beiderbecke Vols 1 and 2 (Columbia 466309-2 and 460825-2)
www.bbc.co.uk /radio3/jazz/profiles/bix_beiderbecke.shtml   (310 words)

 Theme and Variations: Bix Beiderbecke
Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke was one of the first great jazz musicians.
As I mentioned previously Bix was friends with Bing Crosby when they both played for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in the late 1920s.
But my personal favorite is Bix 'N' Bing, a collection of recordings on which both he and Bing Crosby performed.
themeandvariations.blogspot.com /2004/09/bix-beiderbecke.html   (700 words)

 Portsmouth Herald Travel News: Davenport, Iowa, remembers hometown boy Bix Beiderbecke
Granted, Beiderbecke’s parents famously shooed him out of Davenport when he was a teenager, because he had become too smitten with the city’s emerging jazz scene for their tastes.
Beiderbecke’s high school studies were suffering, so, in 1921, he was dispatched to Lake Forest Academy in Illinois.
Though Beiderbecke’s family clearly did not nurture his love of jazz - a nearly scandalous passion for a young man from Davenport’s white, middle-class precincts - recent scholarship has shown that Beiderbecke’s mother, and others in Davenport, closely followed Beiderbecke’s radio broadcasts as a member of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.
www.seacoastonline.com /2004news/06202004/travel/22632.htm   (513 words)

 Davenport Blues: The Bix Beiderbecke Letters
Jazz Age cornetist Bix Beiderbecke was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1903.
Bix: The Leon Bix Beiderbecke Story by Phillip R. and Linda K. Evans.
Bix Beiderbecke was a self-taught musical genius whose native talent and the sheer desire to make music overcame the formidable obstacles presented by the sober, upper middle-class Midwestern values of his parents.
www.riverwalk.org /proglist/showpromo/bix_letters.htm   (554 words)

 Jazzed in Cleveland - Part 92 - Bix in Cleveland Newspapers
There were a number of references to Beiderbecke, considered one of the most important artists in jazz history, in the Cleveland papers alone during his brief lifetime.
Later in 1928, the newspapers reported Bix, Tram and the other members of the Whiteman Orchestra played in Youngstown in February, Canton in September, and returned to Cleveland in November for a concert at the then-new Music Hall in the Public Auditorium building at East 6th and St. Clair.
Beiderbecke did return to the band and played with it on Sunday, May 26, 1929 at the WHK Auditorium.
www.cleveland.oh.us /wmv_news/jazz92.htm   (542 words)

 bix beiderbecke @ lovelandJAZZ - loveland, ohio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
By 1924, Bix had his own band, the Wolverines, and had developed a style all his own: his tone "sounded like a girl saying yes"; his improvisations (like Louis's) were basically songs-within-a-song, based on the original melody, but, where Armstrong's solos were hot and fierce, Bix's were intimate, cool.
Bix Beiderbecke may have been the first great white Jazz player, but his whiteness couldn't protect him from the fate that struck down so many great fl Jazzmen.
Bix Beiderbecke died in a New York boarding house a few months later at the age of 28.
home.att.net /~lovelandjazz/bios/bbeiderbecke.html   (231 words)

The theme of this year's festival was "Bix and Spiegle, Together Again." The three usual classes of activities took place: concerts at LeClaire Park, at the Col Ballroom, at the Danceland Ballroom and at the Holiday Inn; the concert at Bix's graveside; the jazz lithurgy at the presbyterian Church.
He honored the Beiderbecke and Shoemaker family members that were present by dedicating some of the songs to them, he expressed how honored he was that the New Wolverines had been selected to play at Bix's graveside, he thanked Bix and Spiegle.
In view of the phenomenal success of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Band of New Jersey, it became apparent that the idea of a yearly festival in honor of Davenport's famous citizen was feasible.
ms.cc.sunysb.edu /~alhaim/BixBeiderbeckeMemorialSociety.htm   (8202 words)

 Jazz by Mail - Bix Beiderbecke
Hiscolorful life, quick rise  and fall and eventual status as a martyr made him a legend  even before he died and he has long stood as proof that not  all the innovators in jazz history were fl.
Possessor of  a beautiful distinctive toneand a strikingly original  improvising style, Bix''s only competitor among cornetists in  the ''20s was Louis Armstrong and (due to their different  soundsand styles) one really could not compare  them.
Bix Beiderbecke's legend has grown  with jazz but too few have actually heard what this ...
www.jazzbymail.com /artists/bix.html   (378 words)

 St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: Bix Beiderbecke
Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke is one of the few white musicians to have influenced important fl musicians.
Remarkably, Beiderbecke did not hear a jazz record until he was 14.
Beiderbecke managed to get himself expelled for cutting classes and soon turned to music full-time, coming to fame in the 1920s.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_bio/ai_2419200087   (511 words)

 Jazz - Iowa Jazz
However, seventy years ago the moniker "Bix" meant only one thing-the jazz cornetist who was a major, but not necessarily well-known figure of the time.
Beiderbecke was also fascinated with the classical impressionist music of Claude Debussy.
Like many of that "bootleg booze" generation, Bix Beiderbecke had a major alcohol problem, it shortened his career.
www.iptv.org /jazz/IowaJazz.cfm   (2231 words)

 The Complete OKeh /Brunswick Bix, Trumbauer & Teagarden #211
Bix, whose talents were not just restricted to the cornet, showed his pianistic and compositional abilities on another Okeh single…his magnificent tone poem "In A Mist".
We enlisted the services of a number of jazz historians and musicians who were brought together to listen to these sessions to make sure, to the best of their knowledge, all matters of discographical details and musical identification have been updated and corrected in our discography.
Bix, Tram and Big T were legends before I was even born, and this set does more to explain why than anything issued before.
www.mosaicrecords.com /prodinfo.asp?number=211-MD-CD   (3363 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Solo in Sunnyside
The mystery of Bix was where he died - in an all-but-forgotten flat on tree-lined 46th Street in Queens, seven stops on the No 7 subway line from Times Square, 15 minutes from Broadway.
The best of this can be found on a four-CD collection, The Bix Beiderbecke Story (Proper Records Ltd, www.propermusic.com), which presents nearly all the 100 sides he recorded; another is The Bix Beiderbecke Story - Bix and His Gang (Colombia).
His parents were said to have frowned deeply on Bix's proclivity for night clubs and coarse "syncopated" music and, according to one family story, never played any of the records he sent them.
books.guardian.co.uk /review/story/0,12084,1472523,00.html   (938 words)

 Bix Beiderbecke and the Wolverine Orchestra
Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke was undoubtedly the star of the band, but the rest were certainly competent musicians in their own right.
Bix went all out on his last Wolverines recording, not only playing his usual cornet, but also soloing on piano on “Big Boy.” After the piano solo, Bix is heard again on cornet after only a few beats.
Leon Bix Beiderbecke was born on 10 March 1903 to a prosperous middle-class family of German heritage.
www.starrgennett.org /stories/profiles/wolverines.htm   (1756 words)

 KCCK 88.3 - Music - Iowa Jazz Connections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In a Mist Bix Beiderbecke, piano (Sept. 9, 1927)
To those of us in Iowa the name of Bix Beiderbecke brings to mind the yearly jazz festival on the river in Davenport, or the well-known marathon race in the same city.
Bix always acknowledged his home town of Davenport, but often was at odds with his upper middle-class family.
www.kcck.org /iowajazz.html   (3495 words)

 Bix Beiderbecke Resources: A Bixography
Perhaps, to a true Bix admirer, the most significant and poignant event of the Festival is the Saturday morning visit to Bix's grave site in Oakdale Cemetery.
Bix at Amherst College on March 14, 1931.
Bix in the Davenport High School with a new photo of Bix
ms.cc.sunysb.edu /~alhaim   (706 words)

 QCTimes.com - The Quad-City Times Newspaper News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Beiderbecke played by ear and was renowned for his ability to improvise and perform on the cornet and piano.
Beiderbecke's nephew, the late Charles Beiderbecke of Denver, donated it to the museum in 1992.
Jazz lovers are invited to enjoy the sounds of a Bix Beiderbecke piano during four performances at the Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport.
www.qctimes.net /articles/2005/07/28/news/local/doc42e87d83a0eda796793567.txt   (701 words)

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