Bix Beiderbecke

by Jim Morgan

I had never heard of jazz coronet player Bix Beiderbecke until I bumped into a collection of his music on a few months ago. According to the wikipedia article on him at he was one of the most influential jazz musicians in the late 20s until his death at 28 in 1931. I downloaded all the works by Beiderbecke I could find to the Bibliotecha and have had a good time listening to them.

These works are mostly jazz tunes with a heavy dose of ragtime thrown in for good measure. This music is a feast for the ears, especially when compared to the garbage that has been produced in the last forty years or so. It is light, lively, and just plain fun to listen to.

Here is a list of his music available on the Internet Archive: