Thursday, March 10, 2011
Happy Birthday: Bix Beiderbecke.
Bix Beiderbecke( March 10, 1903 — Aug. 6, 1931). Became the leading player of the Chicago style of jazz in the 1920s. He is best known for his gentle, clear tone. His interest in the harmonies of composers such as Claude Debussy was reflected in both his playing and his compositions. With saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer, Beiderbecke worked in the bands of Jean Goldkette and Paul Whiteman. His alcoholism and early death contributed to his status as one of the early romantic legends of jazz.