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Remembering Bix: A Memoir Of The Jazz Age
     

Remembering Bix: A Memoir Of The Jazz Age

by Ralph Berton, Nat Hentoff (Foreword by)
 

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As Nat Hentoff says, "Hearing Bix for the first time was like waking up to the first day of spring." Bix has always inspired such acclaim, for he was an unmatched master of the cornet. Ralph Berton was privileged enough to have been a fan—and younger brother of Bix's drummer—just as Beiderbecke's genius was flowering, before he died in 1931 at age twenty

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As Nat Hentoff says, "Hearing Bix for the first time was like waking up to the first day of spring." Bix has always inspired such acclaim, for he was an unmatched master of the cornet. Ralph Berton was privileged enough to have been a fan—and younger brother of Bix's drummer—just as Beiderbecke's genius was flowering, before he died in 1931 at age twenty-eight. Listening from behind the piano, tagging along to honky-tonks and jam sessions, Berton heard some of the most extraordinary music of the century, and he brings Bix and his era alive with a remarkable combination of the excitement of youth and the perspective of the five decades that followed—decades that confirmed Bix's place in the pantheon of jazz.

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Jazz music's premier cornetist, Bix Beiderbecke, left behind a venerable musical legacy when he died so tragically in 1931 at the age of 28. Now Ralph Berton does justice to the memory of this legendary jazzman with Remembering Bix, a biography that brings both the musician and his era to brilliant, foot-tapping life.

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ISBN-13:
9780306809378
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
449,220
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.15(d)

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Ralph Berton (1910–1993) wrote extensively on jazz, serving as an editor at Metronome and Down Beat magazines and as editor-in-chief of Sound and Fury. He was also a professor of jazz history at Cooper Union, Middlesex County College, and Bloomfield College.

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