Dorothy Baker
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Michael Curtiz
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Bing Crosby
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George Gershwin

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Bix Beiderbecke

Knowledge Identifier: +Bix_Beiderbecke


Bix Beiderbecke

American jazz cornetist, jazz pianist, and composeradd

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1903.

Countries: United States (58%), New York (13%), Iowa (10%)

Main connections: Fletcher Henderson, Dorothy Baker, Paul Whiteman

Linked to: Keeley Institute, Victor Talking Machine Company, Columbia Records, The Beatles




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Bix Beiderbecke was born in 1903 add something


Bix began playing piano at age two or three. add something


Beiderbecke, age 8, poses with a neighbor, Nora Lasher, in 1911. add something


According to an affidavit submitted by her father, this was because "of the child's age and the harm that would result to her in going over this case. add something


Beiderbecke attended Davenport, Iowa High School from 1919 to 1921. add something


The group was hired for a gig in December 1920, but a complaint was lodged with the American Federation of Musicians, Local 67, that the boys did not have union cards. add something


Eddie Condon - He was based in Chicago for most of the 1920s, and played with such jazz notables as Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden and Frank Teschemacher


He returned to Davenport, Iowa briefly in the summer of 1922, moved to Chicago to join the Cascades Band, working that summer on Lake Michigan excursion boats. add something


Beiderbecke joined the Wolverine Orchestra late in 1923, and the seven-man group first played a speakeasy called the Stockton Club near Hamilton, Ohio. add something


He gigged around Chicago until the fall of 1923, at times returning to Davenport, Iowa to work for his father. add something


That changed in 1924 when Beiderbecke and Armstrong began to make their most important records. add something


Whiteman was perhaps best known for having premiered George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in New York in 1924, and the orchestrator of that piece, Ferde Grofe, continued to be an important part of the band in 1928. add something


A law student and aspiring pianist and songwriter, Carmichael invited the Wolverines to Bloomington, Indiana, late in April 1924. add something


The Wolverines recorded 15 sides for Gennett Records between February and October 1924. add something


Min Leibrook - He played in The Wolverines in 1924 alongside Bix Beiderbecke, where he made his first recordings, and later joined the band of Arnold Johnson


Vic Berton - In 1924 he became the manager of The Wolverines, and occasionally played alongside Bix Beiderbecke in the ensemble


Pee Wee Russell - Russell's recording debut was in 1924 with Herb Berger's Band in St. Louis, he moved to Chicago where he began playing with such notables as Frankie Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke.


During the summer of 1926, for instance, Goldkette split his personnel into two bands, with Beiderbecke, Trumbauer, and company playing Hudson Lake. add something


In the spring of 1926, Trumbauer closed up shop in St. Louis and, with Beiderbecke, moved to Detroit, this time to play with Goldkette's headline ensemble. add something


In October 1926, Goldkette's "Famous Fourteen," as they came to be called, opened at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City opposite the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, one of the East Coast's outstanding African American big bands. add something


Beiderbecke's most famous solo was on "Singin' the Blues", recorded February 4, 1927. add something


In the meantime, Beiderbecke played on four number-one records in 1928, all under the Whiteman name: "Together," "Ramona," "My Angel," and "Ol' Man River", which featured Bing Crosby on vocals. add something


Following the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the once-booming music industry contracted and work became more difficult to find. add something


In February 1929, Beiderbecke returned home to Davenport, Iowa to convalesce and was hailed by the local press as "the world's hottest cornetist. add something


Paul Mares - Mares's Metairie home was the site of a legendary jam-session in 1929 where Bix Beiderbecke and the other jazz playing members of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra jammed with the local New Orleans jazz musicians


But when he returned to New York at the end of January 1930, the renowned soloist did not rejoin Whiteman and performed only sparingly. add something


The cornetist spent the rest of the year at home in Davenport, Iowa and, in February 1931, he returned to New York one last time. add something


The notice appeared in October 1931 and began with a bit of hyperbole and an incorrect fact, two hallmarks of much of the subsequent writing about Beiderbecke: "The announcement of Bix Beiderbecke's death plunged all jazz musicians into despair. add something


On October 15, 1931, a few months after Beiderbecke's death, the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra recorded a version of "Singin' the Blues" that included Rex Stewart performing a nearly note-for-note homage to Beiderbecke's most famous solo add something


Joe Venuti - From the period of 1931-1933, Venuti recorded again with Eddie Lang, Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer.


Milt Gabler - He was able to secure many important jazz records including the 1931 Joe Venuti-Eddie Lang all star session , Bessie Smith's final session , a number of Frank Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke, and Miff Mole sides


In 1938, Dorothy Baker borrowed the titles of her friend Otis Ferguson's two articles and published the novel "Young Man with a Horn" add something


Dorothy Baker - In 1938 she wrote her first novel, "Young Man with a Horn", based on the life of notable jazz cornet player, Bix Beiderbecke


In 1950, Michael Curtiz directed the film "Young Man with a Horn", starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day add something


The tune's laid-back emotions hinted at what would become, in the 1950s, the cool jazz style, personified by Chet Baker and Bill Evans add something


With these two recordings, especially, he helped to invent the jazz ballad style and hinted at what, in the 1950s, would become cool jazz add something


In "Blackboard Jungle", a 1955 film starring Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier, Beiderbecke's music is briefly featured, but as a symbol of cultural conservatism in a nation on the cusp of the rock and roll revolution add something


Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival - In 1971, on the 40th anniversary of Beiderbecke's death, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival was founded in Davenport, Iowa, to honor the musician add something


Bix Beiderbecke was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance add something


In 1974, Sudhalter and Evans published their biography, "Bix: Man and Legend", which was nominated for a National Book award add something


In 1977, the Beiderbecke childhood home at 1934 Grand Avenue in Davenport was added to the National Register of Historic Places add something


Quad City Symphony Orchestra - On October 10, 1996, the symphony premiered Lalo Schifrin's "Rhapsody for Bix," a tribute to Davenport native and jazz great Bix Beiderbecke


In 2003, to mark the hundredth anniversary of his birth, the Greater Astoria Historical Society and other community organizations, spearheaded by Paul Maringelli and The Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Committee, erected a plaque in Beiderbecke's honor at the apartment building in which he died in Queens add something


Until recently, biographers have largely ignored this incident in Beiderbecke's life, and Lion was the first, in 2005, to print the police blotter and affidavit associated with the arrest add something


New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 add something


Barnegat, N.J.: Razor Edge, 2009 add something


Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 add something


New York: Oxford University Press, 2009 add something


In 2014, the 1930 recording of "Georgia on My Mind" was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame add something