Re: ..."Because There Are So Few of Them."

by Glenda Childress

Thank you, Stu. The Forum's proprietor, Albert Haim, and the current correspondents are always delighted to hear from a new Bix fan and will gladly offer to answer any questions. The Forum archives are also a treasure trove of earlier discussions, many involving Bix fans and scholars who knew Bix's colleagues or second-generations Bixian players and have submitted recollections or documents that have wonderful information and discussions.

Those of us who came much later are at least fortunate that in the past several decades the music has become easily accessible, thanks to many reissues, YouTube, Amazon, and sites like RedHotJazz or the open Facebook groups (check out Hot Jazz Records, 1917-1931, The Jazz Age, Come on and Stomp, Stomp, Stomp, Red Nichols, sponsored by knowledgeable fans who occasionally appear here, and, of course, Bix Beiderbecke Is the Greatest...). Come to the Davenport Bix Beiderbecke Festival! There're a lot of us out there.

Although Bix recorded about 250 songs, they are not nearly enough, of course, and that is why the Forum has featured long discussions of recordings that someone thinks "sounds like Bix." We keep fervently hoping that something new will surface.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012, 4:23 PM

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