TO RELATED SITES
this section I provide links to sites that contain information about
Bix Beiderbecke or to subjects related to Bix's times and music.
The Bixography web site has a satellite web site with
streaming audio files.
the virtual radio station that transmits "on demand" the program "Bix is
Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society.
Provides information about the
society and its activities.
Tribute to Bix
Provides information about the
yearly event in Libertyville, Illinois, in celebration of Bix's legacy.
Big Bands Data Base.
An extremely comprehensive site
with an enormous amount of information about the history of jazz, bands
(US as well as overseas), current jazz events, etc. The site is so large
that even a description of the content would take several lines. Try it,
you will learn a lot.
Red Hot Jazz Archive.
An immense site that combines text,
images, and audio. You can download and listen to over 3000 jazz sides
(complete recordings, not just a few seconds) from before 1930. Sit back,
download some of the songs and enjoy!
Wolverine Antique Music Society.
A site dedicated to the 78 rpm
recording. Text, images and sound. A very instructive and beautiful site.
The home site for the seven mile
race that takes place the same weekend as the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial
Consists of two parts. Part 1 has
notes, comments and observations on 1920s/1930s Vintage Jazz, Dance Band
and other 78 rpm recordings, including RealPlayer audio samples, some quite
Part 2 deals with recent old-time
Repertoire Jazz CDs I’ve been privileged to play on, plus comments about
Jazz Festivals and other sessions I’ve been involved with recently. Here
too are RealPlayer audio files you can listen to. I highlight the following
pages from part 1.
1. A complete list of the label
credits on British Parlophone of all the 54 (or 55) OKeh sides on which
Bix Beiderbecke is present. All but one were issued in Britain, which is
3 more than came out on OKeh(!) The reason for this listing is that British
Parlophone often gave fanciful extra labels credits (sometimes incorrect!)
in the earlier years, and these have sometimes been a source of confusion.
2. Don Murray's clarinettist’s
short but startling solo in ‘Jazz Me Blues’, recorded in 1927 with his
friend and colleague’s studio band: Bix Beiderbecke and his Gang. A rough
transcription of the solo and the audio sample.
3. Two brief examples (from 1930)
of saxophone players copying the style of Trumbauer on record; this is
encountered less often than one would have thought!
4. Did Tram play the alto sax as
well as the C-melody on records? An article and three examples of where
we believe this to be the case.
5. A strange and hitherto unknown
transcription of "In A Mist", Bix Beiderbecke’s most famous piano composition,
made in London around May 1941. Played – not too well! – by a wind ensemble
plus novachord (an early electric piano). Hear this rare item!
6. Marion Harris. Prolific recording
artiste 1916 – 1934. One of her last sides was recorded in London and is
the famous vocal transcription of the Bix Beiderbecke classic ‘Singing
The Blues’. Hear this lovely side for yourself!
7. ‘Parlophone In The Bix Era.’
Text and a dozen or so label scans of Parlophone records between 1923 and
1940, most of Bix items, giving an outline of this very important Jazz
label at that time.
Gallery of Photographs of Bix.
The Indiana University Library
Hoagy Carmichael Collection which consists of an enormous amount of
documents, photographs, personal effects, correspondence, sound recordings,
etc. One of the pages displays several photographs of Bix and the sheet
music of "Candlelights" with a dedication to Hoagy signed by Bix.
The photographs have appeared in books and magazines, but the scans are
very clear and the photographs are nicely framed. Click here.
I am grateful to Dan Taylor for
alerting me of the existence of this nice set of photos.
Davenport Public Library.
There are three pages with information
about Bix. 1. Leon
in the Library. 2. A
Brief Biography. 3. A list of links
to other Bix sites.
Peters' Website Dedicated to Eddie Lang.
Mike Peters is a musician and jazz
historian. He has played guitar with Joe Venuti, Bob Wilber, and the Smithsonian
Jazz Repertory Company. Mike Peters wrote the liners for the magnificent
set issued by Mosaic, "The Classic Columbia and OKeh Joe Venuti and Eddie
Lang Sessions." In the year 2002, the centenary of Eddie Lang's birthday,
Mike launched a website totally dedicated to Eddie Lang. The URL is http://www.eddie-lang.com
Portions of the website are under construction.
"All Songs Considered" is an online
music show produced by National Public Radio. The
website describes the show as "a multimedia, on-line music program.
You can listen to music while viewing images of the artists. You can also
read text about the music as it's playing." Program # 4 included, among
other songs, Bix and Tram "Singin' the Blues." If you want to see the video
portion associated with the song, go to http://www.npr.org/programs/asc/archives/asc04/index.html#bix
and click on the link "Watch Episode 4". The Bix segment appears after
about 12 minutes. The program was originally posted in July 2000.
The page also gives a link to a
7-minute 1991 profile of Bix Beiderbecke from NPR's Morning Edition.
The Bix Vigil.
For the last several years, Bix fans have been gathering
in front of Bix's last residence at 43-30 46th Street in Sunnyside, Queens,
NY on the anniversay of his death which occurred on August 6, 1931.
In the year 2003, a plaque was unveiled and affixed to the side of the
building where Bix died. Paul Maringelli and the Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside
Memorial Committee are the organizers of this yearly event. The music and
gathering begin at about 7 pm in the All Saints Churchyard, adjacent to
the building where Bix lived and died in the summer of 1931. Around 9 pm,
the Bix fans, with candles lit, walk from the courtyard to the front of
the building where Bix died and pay hommage to him by playing ""I'll Be
A Friend With Pleasure", one of he last recordings made by Bix in his much
too short life. For additional information visit http://www.bixstuff.com/index.html
of Records About Bix and Related Musicians. There
are lots of well-known on-line stores that sell cds, books, etc. such as
cdnow.com, cduniverse.com, thejazzstore.com, amazon.com, ebay.com, etc.
The list below includes merchants who place a particular emphasis on the
music of the 1920s.
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Off Records. Lots of recordings by modern
musicians who play in the taditional style.
I particularly recommend their outstanding historical series.
Recordings. Also lots of cassettes.
Records. Excellent selection of tradional
jazz, hot dance bands, big bands, even some tangos.
of Gramophones. Links to sources of Bix's
videos, DVDs and CDs. Includes links to streaming files of some of
Bix's recordings, sources of gramophones, jazz films, etc.
Second Hand Records
BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS
of Some Recordings: Is It Bix or Not ?
Compilations of Bix's Recordings
Recordings Related to Bix