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Bix Beiderbecke

Alyn Shipton explores the music of cornettist Bix Beiderbecke, covering key recordings including Singing the Blues and I'm Coming Virginia as well as later big band work.

Despite a recording career that lasted only from 1924 to 1931, Bix Beiderbecke changed the way jazz soloists played. An influence on a par with Louis Armstrong or Sidney Bechet, his discs had an immediate and long-lasting effect.
Ian Smith joins Alyn Shipton to explore the legend of the tragically short-lived Beiderbecke, and to choose his key recordings, including his small group masterpieces "Singing the Blues" and "I'm Coming Virginia" plus his later work with the big bands of Jean Goldkette and Paul Whiteman. Beiderbecke's piano compositions are also discussed, and his pioneering use of the language of French impressionism in jazz.

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Sat 14 Aug 2010 16:00

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  • Bix Beiderbecke and the Wolverines - Jazz Me Blues

    Composer: Delaney Performer: Bix Beiderbecke, c; Jimmy Hartwell, cl; Al Gandee, tb; George Johnson, ts; Dick Voynow, p; Bob Gillette, bj; Min Leibrook, tu; Vic Moore, d. Richmond, Indiana, 18 Feb 1924.

  • Bix and His Gang

    Jazz Me Blues

    Composer: Delaney Performer: Bix Beiderbecke, c; Bill Rank, tb; Don Murray, cl; Adrian Rollini, bass sax; Frank Signorelli, p; Chauncey Morehouse, d. 5 Oct 1927.

    • The Bix Beiderbecke Story.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 66 CD 2.
  • Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra

    I Didn't Know

    Composer: Williams / Jones Performer: Fuzzy Farrar, Tex Brisstar, tp; Bix Beiderbecke, c; Bill Rank, Tommy Dorsey, tb; Doc Ryker, Don Murray, George Williams, reeds; Joe Venuti, vn; Paul Mertz, p; Howdy Quicksell, bj; Irish Henry, tu; Charles Horvath, d. 24 Nov 1924.

    • Bix Beiderbecke With Jean Goldkette's Orchestra, 1924 - 27.
    • Challenge.
    • 79040.
  • Bix and His Rhythm Jugglers

    Davenport Blues

    Composer: Beiderbecke Performer: Bix Beiderbecke, c; Don Murray cl; Tommy Dorsey, tb; Paul Mertz, p; Tommy Gargano, d. 26 Jan 1925.

    • Bix Beiderbecke & The Chicago Cornets.
    • Milestone.
    • 47019.
  • Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra

    Singin' The Blues

    Composer: Robinson / Conrad / Young / Lewis Performer: Bix Beiderbecke, c; Bill Rank, tb; Frank Trumbauer, C-Melody saxophone; Jimmy Dorsey, cl, as; Doc Ryker, as; Paul Mertz, p; Eddie Lang, g; Chauncey Morehouse, d. 4 Feb 1927.

    • Bix Beiderbecke, Vol. 1: Singin' the Blues.
    • Columbia.
    • CK-45450.
  • Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra

    Clarinet Marmalade

    Composer: Shields / Ragas Performer: Bix Beiderbecke, c; Bill Rank, tb; Frank Trumbauer, C-Melody saxophone; Jimmy Dorsey, cl, as; Doc Ryker, as; Paul Mertz, p; Eddie Lang, g; Chauncey Morehouse, d. 4 Feb 1927.

    • The Bix Beiderbecke Story.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 66 CD 1.
  • Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra

    I'm Coming Virginia

    Composer: Shields / Ragas Performer: BIx Beiderbecke, c; Bill Rank, tb; Frank Trumbauer, C-Melody saxophone; Don Murray, cl, as; Doc Ryker, as; Irv Riskin, p; Eddie Lang, g; Chauncey Morehouse, d. 9 May 1927.

    • The Bix Beiderbecke Story.
    • Proper.
    • FA 215 CD 1.
  • Bix Beiderbecke

    In a Mist

    Composer: Beiderbecke Performer: Bix Beiderbecke, p. 9 Sep 1927.

    • Bix Restored Volume 1: 1924-1927.
    • Origin.
    • BXCD 01-03 Disc 3.
  • Jean Goldkette

    I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover

    Composer: Dixon / Woods Performer: Fuzzy Farrar, Ray Lodwig, t; Bix Beiderbecke, c; Bill Rank, Spiegle Willcox, tb; Doc Ryker, Jimmy Dorsey, Frankie Trumbauer, reeds; Joe Venuti, vn; Paul Mertz, p; Howdy Quicksell, bj; Steve Brown, b; Chauncey Morehouse, d. Bill Murray, vo. 28 Jan 1927.

    • The Bix Beiderbecke Story.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 66 CD 1.
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra

    Dardanella

    Composer: Bernard / Black / Fisher Performer: Henry Busse, Bix Beiderbecke, Charlie Margulis, tp, c; Boyce Cullen, Wilber Hall, Bill Rank, tb; Chet Hazlett, Jimmy Dorsey, Hal McLean, Frank Trumbauer, Charles Strickfaden, reeds; Matty Malneck, Mischa Russell, Kurt Dieterle, vn; Roy Bargy, p; Mike Trafficante, tu; Steve Brown, b; Mike Pingitore, bj; Hal McDonald, d. 9 Feb 1928.

    • The Bix Beiderbecke Story.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 66 CD 3.
  • Paul Whiteman

    From Monday On

    Composer: Barris / Crosby Performer: Jimmy Dorsey, Bix Beiderbecke, Charlie Margulis, tp, c; Bill Rank, tb; Chet Hazlett, Hal McLean, Frankie Trumbauer, Charles Strickfaden, reeds; Matty Malneck, Mischa Russell, Kurt Dieterle, vn; Roy Bargy, p; Mike Trafficante, tu; Steve Brown, b; Mike Pingitore, bj; Hal McDonald, d. Bing Crosby, Charles Gaylord, Austin Young, Jack Fulton, Al Rinker, voc. 13 Feb 1928.

    • The Bix Beiderbecke Story.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 66 CD 3.

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