Bix

Overview

"Bix" Beiderbecke 1903-1931 was one of the best and self-taught cornetists in U.S. jazz history, playing at a time when Louis Armstrong was acclaimed for his jazz renderings, yet in no way similar to Armstrong in sound and style. Bix had hardcore conservative parents whose stance against jazz was unbending -- and who never appreciated Bix's attainments. The story of his successes and tragedies is told through interviews including some with his contemporaries, historical footage, still photos, images of Edward Hopper's paintings that emphasize
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Overview

"Bix" Beiderbecke 1903-1931 was one of the best and self-taught cornetists in U.S. jazz history, playing at a time when Louis Armstrong was acclaimed for his jazz renderings, yet in no way similar to Armstrong in sound and style. Bix had hardcore conservative parents whose stance against jazz was unbending -- and who never appreciated Bix's attainments. The story of his successes and tragedies is told through interviews including some with his contemporaries, historical footage, still photos, images of Edward Hopper's paintings that emphasize Bix's period and Midwestern origins, and the music itself. Although Bix was playing the piano at the age of three, he later taught himself the coronet and made his fame on that instrument. At first, he did not read music but when he lost one job due to that inability, he took time out to learn. Some of his greatest solos include "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" and "Singing the Blues." Already addicted to alcohol in his early 20s -- partly at the influence of his so-called "friends," his health broke down at the age of 27, and although he tried to rehabilitate himself, he died of alcohol abuse one year later. Dorothy Baker's book and the later 1950s movie of the same title -- Young Man with a Horn -- was inspired by the life and legend of Bix Beiderbecke.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1994
  • UPC: 726283077934
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Playboy Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hoagy Carmichael interviewee
Doc Cheatham interviewee
Al Rinker interviewee
Jack Fulton interviewee
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky interviewee
Paul Mertz interviewee
Louis Armstrong
Richard Basehart Voice Only
Technical Credits
Brigitte Berman Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Victor Sarin Cinematographer
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