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Bix Beiderbecke was an American jazz cornetist, pianist and composer who was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s. As a cornet player noted for an inventive lyrical approach and purity of tone and with such clarity of sound that Eddie Condon described it like "Beiderbecke took out a silver cornet. He put it to his lips and blew a phrase. The sound came out like a girl saying yes." His solos on seminal recordings such as "Singin' the Blues" and "I'm Coming, Virginia" (both 1927) demonstrate his gift for extended improvisation that heralded the jazz ballad style. Sadly he died at the young age of 28 due primarily to his prodigious consumption of alcohol.
The film Young Man with a Horn (1950) was based on Bix Beiderbecke starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, and Hoagy Carmichael. The trumpet overdubs in the film were recorded by the legendary Harry James.
It was not unusual to see Babe Ruth leaving the apartment Bix occupied in his final days as the Babe and Bix were good friends and heavy drinkers.
One night on Chicago’s South Side at a small club called the Plantation Inn, both Bix and Louie Armstrong were playing with their respective bands. As the evening progressed the concert turned into a battle of the bands. After the show one of the band members saw Louie weeping in the corner. When asked what was wrong Louis Armstrong replied, “I could never play as good as Bix.”
Bix once turned to a fellow musician and commented, “If you didn’t spend so much money on fancy clothes, you would have more money to buy gin.”
Final Resting Place:
Oakdale Memorial Gardens
2501 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, Iowa, 52803
Beiderbecke Family Plot, Section 17, Lot 60, Grave 1
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery off Eastern Avenue, drive past the administration building on your left and past the lake (also on your left). Straight ahead of you is Section 2 which is a perfect circle of graves. Stay to the left and drive exactly halfway around the circle. As you park Section 6 will be on your right and Section 17 will be on your left. The Beiderbecke Family Monument can easily be seen from the road in Section 17.
Grave Location GPS
Read More About Bix Beiderbecke:
Videos Featuring Bix Beiderbecke:
Bix Beiderbecke - I'm Coming Virginia - 1927
Bix Beiderbecke - Rhythm King (1928)
Bix Beiderbecke - Singin' The Blues - 1927 Frank Trumbauer
The Wolverines Ft. Bix Beiderbecke - The Complete Wolverines
Hoagy Carmichael & Bix Beiderbecke - Rockin' Chair 1930
Georgia (On My Mind) - Hoagy Carmichael & His Orchestra (w Bix Beiderbecke & Jack Teagarden)
Paul Whiteman Orchestra with Bix - "My Ohio Home" 1928
Jean Goldkette with Bix, private footage from 1926 combined with Clementine
Bix Beiderbecke and the King of Jazz (part 1 of 3)
Louis Armstrong remembers Bix Beiderbecke
The Making of “BIX. A Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke”
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