An American jazz musician.
The well mannered, polite Beiderbecke brought up in a middle class
family was one of the greatest cornet players of the 20th Century.
He played with the Paul Whiteman band, probably one of Whiteman’s
most valued players.
Beiderbecke's early influences were mostly New Orleans jazz cornetists.
His first big influence was Nick LaRocca of the Original Dixieland Jass Band, the LaRocca influence is evident in a number of Beiderbecke's recordings, especially the covers of O.D.J.B. songs.
Other influences included Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and clarinetist Leon Roppolo. The influence of older New Orleans players such as Freddie Keppard shows up on Beiderbecke's famous two note interjection on "Goose Pimples."
Beiderbecke first recorded with his band the Wolverine Orchestra (usually called just The Wolverines, named for "Wolverine Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton because they played it so often) in 1924, then became a sought-after musician in Chicago and New York City.
Paul Whiteman sent Beiderbecke back home to Davenport, Iowa, to recover from a breakdown (caused by alcoholism, related physical problems and the stress of extensive touring).
In late July or early August 1931, he took up residence in Queens, New York City, where he went on his last drinking binge. It was there that Bix Beiderbecke died alone on August 6, 1931. aged 28.
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