Bix Beiderbecke | 'The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.'--Lao Tzu

Bix Beiderbecke | 'The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.'--Lao Tzu

Bix Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist whose virtuosity and influence in the 1920's rivaled Louis Armstrong.  Beiderbecke's alcoholism shortened a talented life.  He died in 1931 at the age of 28.

Bix Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist whose virtuosity and influence in the 1920's rivaled Louis Armstrong. Beiderbecke's alcoholism shortened a talented life. He died in 1931 at the age of 28.

Randy Sandke & The New York Allstars: Bix Beiderbecke Era

Randy Sandke & The New York Allstars: Bix Beiderbecke Era

Bix Beiderbecke was one of the great jazz musicians of the 1920's; he was also a child of the Jazz Age who drank himself to an early grave with illegal Prohibition liquor. His hard drinking and beautiful tone on the cornet made him a legend among musicians during his life. The legend of Bix grew even larger after he died. Bix never learned to read music very well, but he had an amazing ear even as a child.

Bix Beiderbecke was one of the great jazz musicians of the 1920's; he was also a child of the Jazz Age who drank himself to an early grave with illegal Prohibition liquor. His hard drinking and beautiful tone on the cornet made him a legend among musicians during his life. The legend of Bix grew even larger after he died. Bix never learned to read music very well, but he had an amazing ear even as a child.

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