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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Beiderbecke, Leon Bismark Known as "Bix.” 1903-1931. American jazz composer and musician. A self-taught pianist and cornet player, he was the first white musician to be recognized by African-American musicians as a luminary of the jazz world.

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  • The spiritual hysteria that Reich inspired in the America of the 1940s and early '50s is as hard to explain now as the madness that 1920s crowds felt hearing Bix Beiderbecke play the cornet, especially when you consider that most Reichians were supposed to be educated skeptics and cultural critics.

    Thinking Inside the Box

  • Sneaking into jazz venues at a young age sounds a lot like Bix Beiderbecke, the innovative white musician of the '20s who would skip school to play with black musicians after hours in Chicago clubs.

    Jazz Was His Earliest Muse

  • My dog is named Bixie after Bix Beiderbecke; my cat is Hanshaw after Annette Hanshaw; and previous cats have been named Mercer after Johnny Mercer and Boswell after the Boswell Sisters.

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  • From Thursday through Saturday, Wynton Marsalis will lead his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in "Prohibition and the Jazz Age," a program celebrating 1920s jazz icons such as Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke.

    Soaking Up a Fertile Music Era

  • I also liked John Gromada's period-flavored incidental music, though the program really should have given credit to Bix Beiderbecke, whose little-known "In the Dark" Mr. Gromada has used to nicely wistful effect.

    Fraud in the Family

  • In the '90s, I worked at an establishment in San Francisco called Bix, named after the famous saxophonist Bix Beiderbecke who was a relative of the owner.

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  • "Louisiana" may be his best-known song (it was immortalized by Bing Crosby and Bix Beiderbecke with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra, and performed by Duke Ellington, Fred Astaire and Lester Young and Count Basie), and is still played by traditional bands today.

    A Harlem Hero Gets a Tune-Up

  • But although many of his songs are now standards of jazz and blues ( "Dusky Stevedore" is one of the few numbers recorded by both Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke), the man himself is barely known.

    A Harlem Hero Gets a Tune-Up

  • THE BEIDERBECKE TAPES ($39.99; Acorn) -- A sequel to The Beiderbecke Affair, but equally forced zaniness with two retired schoolteachers indulging in their love for sleuthing.

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  • Especially popular amongst aficionados is the Jean Goldkette Orchestra featuring highly regarded Bix Beiderbecke on the coronet.

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