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Bix Beiderbecke

Bix Beiderbecke, 1924, from the Duncan Schiedt Collection


Birth name Leon Bismark Beiderbecke Born March 10, 1903 Origin Davenport, Iowa, U.S. Died August 6, 1931 (aged 28) Genres Jazz Dixieland Occupations Musician, composer Instruments Cornet, piano Years active 1924–1931


Bix Beiderbecke | 'The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.'--Lao Tzu


Bix Beiderbecke’s golden cornet made by Vincent Bach in New York, 1927


Today marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke, the legendary cornet player remembered best for his improvisational skills, his distinctive tone, and his tragic early death due to complications brought on by his alcoholism. But Bix was also a composer and pianist. We thought we’d pay homage to Bix on his birthday by sharing the great man’s 1928 recording of perhaps his best-known piano composition, In a Mist (Bixology).

baroquenoise: Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931) was one of the great jazz musicians of the 1920’s…he was also a child of Prohibition liquor. His hard drinking and beautiful tone on the cornet made him a legend among musicians during his life. There is a very loose portrayal of Bix, played by Richard Gere, in the movie The Cotton Club where Gere actually sings and plays cornet.

from Brain Pickings

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