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Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!

10 Mar 03 - 09:51 AM (#906470)
Subject: Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!
From: GUEST,Peter T.

The man who turned me on to jazz, Bix Beiderbecke, was born 100 years ago today. His insight, tone, and sheer innovative musicality (listen to "In A Mist" sometime) remain out of this world. I can think of countless musicians, from Hoagy Carmichael to Bill Evans to Louis himself who have doffed their caps in his direction. Oh that he had had a few more years, and a few more decent recordings.

yours, Peter T.


10 Mar 03 - 10:36 AM (#906504)
Subject: RE: Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!
From: GUEST,Gern

Nice to remind us. He was a monster, and his music still speaks clearly today.


10 Mar 03 - 10:43 AM (#906516)
Subject: RE: Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!
From: Rick Fielding

My hero! Not, you Peter...Bix.

Please..... Go to my favourite website (next to Mudcat), RED HOT JAZZ

BIX

Click on Frankie Trumbauer's Orchestra's version of "Singin' The Blues" (make sure it's the 1927 version with Bix)

Listen to WHY even the black inventors of this music loved Bix's playing!

Play it about a dozen times....loud!

Then go to Riverboat Shuffle.

BLISS!

Rick (thanks Peter)

One 'discouraging word' Though. Had Bix lived longer, he would have had the chance to embarrass himself like many did. He was getting ready to be married, so he may have been forced to take a gig with Sam or Lester Lanin (society Orchestras) or even go back to Whiteman.


10 Mar 03 - 11:03 AM (#906540)
Subject: RE: Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!
From: Mark Clark

Bix's home town was Davenport, Iowa, and a big jazz festival is held there each year in his honor. Here is a link to Bix Festival information for 2003. The festival is all over town but the stage is down on the levee on the banks of the Mississippi. Be there or be square.

      - Mark


10 Mar 03 - 08:37 PM (#906964)
Subject: RE: Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!
From: Blues=Life

Mark, you beat me to the plug on the Bix Fest. But since it's in my home town, let me jump in and help. Great music, a world class 7 mile road race, the Mighty Mississippi, cold beer, cool breezes off the water at night, red hot Dixieland jazz, and on Sunday morning, an amazing Jazz service at First Presbyterian Church (where Bix went as a child), heathans welcome.*G*
Come one, come all, I'll see you there!
Blues


10 Mar 03 - 08:40 PM (#906968)
Subject: RE: Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!
From: Frankham

Bix's influence can be felt in the playing oddly enough of Miles Davis. Bix employed the French Impressionist sounds of Debussey with suggestions of whole tone scales such as in "In A Mist". The birth of the cool used much of this kind of harmony that came from "classical" modern music. Chet Baker is another who might have indirectly been affected by Bix. Bix's ability as a composer is like Django in that it was there but not continued. Bix was ahead of his time harmonically in jazz. One of the best jazz guitar accompanists that ever lived played behind him Salvatore Mansano otherwise known as Eddie Lang. It's significant that Lang was the innovator of the jazz guitar in those days ahead of Django or anyone because nobody did what he did before him. That had to influence Bix too. He too died young of a botched operation. (Tonsils I believe). "I'm Coming Virginia" and "Singing the Blues" sounds as fresh today as it did when it was recorded by Gennett. Bix lives!

Frank Hamilton


11 Mar 03 - 03:21 AM (#907098)
Subject: RE: Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!
From: Brian Hoskin

Thanks Rick, that's a great site!


11 Mar 03 - 10:04 AM (#907295)
Subject: RE: Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!
From: Rick Fielding

It is GLORIOUS BRIAN! When I discovered 'Red Hot Jazz', the internet became worthwhile as more than just a tool.

Not only the songs, the musicians and the index....but the essays...they're actually written by OTHER fanatics!

Luv it!

Rick


11 Mar 03 - 10:39 AM (#907334)
Subject: RE: Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!
From: greg stephens

Thanks for this thread. Inspired me to get out the old LP(remember them) and play "I'm coming Virginia". Bix and Eddie Lang, two heroes on an immaculate record. Bliss!!


11 Mar 03 - 11:58 AM (#907410)
Subject: RE: Happy 100th -- Bix Beiderbecke Today!
From: Rick Fielding

Well I just took your advice, went to REDHOTJAZZ and listened to "I'm Coming Virginia", RiverBoat Shuffle and "Singin' The Blues" for the millionth time. Oh Lord, could he DRIVE a band!

Went to the "Fives" and played "My Heart". Then "Savoy Blues"...oh man, WHAT a band! Listen to Johnnie St Cyr backin' up Lonnie Johnson.....if that's not where I got my ideas about bass lines I'd be surprised (My mum had the 'Hot Five' album at home) Listen to that BEAT....it's like Leadbelly...It's Lillian and St Cyr playin together and they just CRUNCH it!

Ya know, I love Rachmaninov, Huddie, Pete, The Weavers (so glad yer here Frank) Ewan, and all the blues guys..... but if I could be SOMEWHERE for one night.....

It would be one of those nights that Bix and Louis jammed together for hours.

I'll stop burbling now!

Rick