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Biography of Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931)


Jazz musician American, born with the name of Leon Bix Beiderbecke in the State of Iowa, in 1903. It has gone down in history for being the first white musician to make relevant contributions to this genre, especially with his solos for trumpet and cornet. He learned to play the piano in a self-taught way, hearing the Original Dixieland Jass Band records and admiring classic masters like Debussy. Between 1920 and 1922, he learned to play with masters such as Louis Armstrong and began to combine their performances in festivals and clubs with his studies at the Military Academy. However, he was finally expelled from the Academy, as their artistic commitments prevented him attending numerous classes. Shortly after he began to earn a living as a musician.

First joined as a cornet in a formation called The Wolverines, and more later formed part of the Charlie Straight´s Orchestra, in 1925. He occasionally recorded during the years 1925 and 1926 along with Tony Dorsey, and in these recordings already allowed to see a mature style of interpretation. In 1926 he entered the Jean Goldkette Orchestra, alongside such prestigious musicians at that time as Jimmy Dorsey; with this he recorded "At The Jazz Band Ball" and "Royal Garden Blues", the latter assisted by Clarence Williams.

Since the end of 1927, Beiderbecke became stable member of the Orchestra of Paul Whiteman, in which highlighted as a major soloist. With this formation he recorded albums such as Louisiana or Mississippi Mud, in which Bing Crosby collaborated with his voice. Despite their great success within this band, the truth is that his most significant recordings in recent years were not that took place with the Orchestra, but those that recorded his work with two old friends: Lang and Trumbauer, that collaborated since the time of the Jean Goldkette Orchestra. Singing The Blues In A Mist (the latter with an excellent work on the Beiderbecke piano) are representative of this season recordings.

Already in the year 1930, he recorded some sessions together with Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa, among others, which gave great performances of "Rocking Chair" and "Georgia On My Mind" as a result. Unfortunately, these topics are would count among his last recordings of this musician, since in the summer of 1931 a pneumonia cut short his promising musical career prematurely. Bix Beiderbecke had only twenty-eight years old at the time of his death.


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