Mar 10, 1903 - Aug 6th, 1931

"Jazz Cornetist extraordinaire"

Played with the Wolverines, the Jean Goldkette Band, the Paul Whiteman Band, the Dorsey Brothers, and Benny Goodman.

COD:  Pneumonia brought on by years of alcoholism.




"Jazz is no career for a man!" proclaimed my parents when they refused to buy a cornet.  I just wanted to play the notes and songs that I heard and were dancing about in my head." - Bix Beiderbecke (Oakdale Memorial Gardens brochure)

One night on Chicago's South Side at a small club called the Plantation Inn, both Bix and Louis Armstrong were playing.  As the evening progressed the concert turned into a battle of the bands.  That evening after the show, one of the band members saw Louis crying in the corner.  He was crying because he "could never play as good as Bix."   (Tombstone Tourist)

The Death 2ur visited Bix Beiderbecke's grave on March 14th, 2009 just four days after his 101st birthday.  The mementoes left there indicate that Iowa still takes a great deal of pride in their local boy.  Since 1971, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival has been held every summer in LeClaire Park by the Mississippi River.

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