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Bix: Man and Legend
He was an American musical genius-and an American tragedy. Along with Louis Armstrong, he towered over jazz in the Twenties. And, together with Louis, he brought jazz to maturity
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published July 1st 1974 by Arlington House
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Bix's influence on subsequent jazz trumpet was profound. The MAJOR innovator was Louis Armstrong but Bix was another dimension added to that. Miles Davis always mentioned Bobby Hackett as one of the trumpeters he listened too. Bobby had a lot of Bix going on in his playing. Eddie Condon said that the effect of Bix's Cornet sound was "like a girl saying yes." Most musicians of that era summed it up as "Yeah..Louis and Bix!" This book is really well researched and with a great analysis of Bix's ...more
In a prose style short on fuss, Sudhalter, et al., give us the life of Leon Bix Beiderbecke from its conservative beginnings in Davenport, Iowa, to its pathetic end in New York City, amid hallucinations of Mexicans with daggers. Bix's expulsion from Davenport to an Illinois boarding school, and his expulsion from boarding school to the burgeoning Chicago jazz scene are generously recounted, as are his precious few years of recording greatness. Bandleaders Frank Trumbauer, Jean Goldkette, and ...more