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Baker & Taylor
A novelization of jazz artist Bix Beiderbecke's early jams at a Capone-controlled casino, grueling cross-country tours, disastrous cinematic efforts, experiences during the stock market crash, and his final musical efforts.

Blackwell North Amer
By 1929, the brief, brilliant career of Bix Beiderbecke - self-taught cornetist, pianist, and composer - had already become legend. From the summer of '26 at Hudson Lake, Indiana, when his genius blazed forth with a strange, doomed incandescence, Bix's career tragically reflected the chaotic impulses of a country suddenly awash in wealth, power, and a profound cynicism. Shy, elusive, inarticulate, Bix was beloved by both the raccoon-coated campus crowd and the men who nightly played alongside him. He is still celebrated in a yearly festival in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa. And that is where the novel begins, in Davenport, at the Bix Fest. It then travels back in time to focus on the highlights of a meteoric career: the early jams at the Blue Lantern Casino, a Capone-controlled nightclub; the grueling cross-country tours with Paul Whiteman's "Symphonic Jazz" orchestra; the disastrous Whiteman trip to California to make the first all-color talkie musical; the stock-market crash of 1929, which finds Bix in an asylum, victim of the era's signature product, bootleg gin; and finally, Bix's dying efforts to combine his piano compositions into a suite that would be the pinnacle of his life's work and his evocation of his time and place.

& Taylor

Celebrated jazz artist Bix Beiderbecke recounts his early jams at the Caponed-controlled Blue Lantern Casino, grueling cross-country tours with Paul Whiteman's "Symphonic Jazz" orchestra, disastrous efforts to make a first all-color talkie musical, experiences during the stock market crash, and dying attempt to audit his life's work. A first novel. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Counterpoint Press, c2003
ISBN: 9781582432656
Branch Call Number: F TUR
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 25 cm


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