Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931) was dubbed the young man with the horn and by some as the great white hope. From an early age it was apparent that Bix had an ear for music and soon became apt at the piano and later took up the cornet. His life was changed when he heard recordings by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and he would slow the record down to learn the notes and decided to be a professional musician. After a few false starts, his dream was achieved with his most popular work being with the Frankie Trambaur Orchestra, notable records included Singing the Blues, I’m Coming Virginia, Fidgety Feet and In a Mist, the latter being a rare recording of Bix playing piano.
However Bix’s life was not plain sailing, his ear for music meant he neglected learning to read nusic which was essential for joining the orchestras of the time, he eventually joined the Paul Whiteman orchestra but other issues were beginning to affect him such as alcoholism.
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