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Quick Description: Bix blazed like a jazz comet through the "Roaring '20's,' and died at the age of only 28.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 6/22/2006 8:18:23 AM
Waymark Code: WMFE4
Bix was born on March 10, 1903. He was a wash-out in school, and never really learned to read music.
Music, including the classics, was the one true love of his life, and when he was playing he was immersed and oblivious to anything else. He went from the Wolverines, to the Jean Goldkette Orchestra, and finally to the very "mountain-top" of the Twenties, the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.
In his autobiography, "Sometimes I Wonder," friend and fellow musician Hoagy Carmichael wrote, "He was our golden boy, doomed to an untimely end." Hoagy also said, "In Harlem, in Hollywood, in the Chicago South Side, in Le Jazz Hot joints in Paris where the city folk come to listen to his records, they still talk of Bix Beiderbecke."
Bix died on Aug. 6, 1931.
The annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival occures on the last weekend of July in Davenport, Iowa. For more information, go to www.bixsociety.org.
Name of Musician: Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke
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