Listen to Ben Pollack in 1927 playing Memphis Blues. Ben Pollack, d, dir: Jimmy McPartland, Frank Quartell, Al Harris, c / Glenn Miller, tb / Benny Goodman, cl, as / Gil Rodin, as / Larry Binyon, ts, f / Vic Breidis, p / Dick Morgan, bj / Harry Goodman, bb. Chicago, December 7, 1927.
Listen to the Wolverines in 1924 playing Royal Garden Blues. Bix Beiderbecke (c)/ Jimmy Hartwell (cl)/George Johnson (ts)/ Dick Voynow (p)/ Bob Gillette (bj)/ Min Leibrook (tu)/ Vic Moore (dm). Richmond, June 20, 1924.
Another example of "Copying Bix." Not every note, but close enough to be viewed, in fact, as another example of "Copying Bix."
Thanks to the late Richard Sudhalter (Lost Chords) for pointing out the similarity between the two solos. How many examples do we have by now? Anybody keeping a tally? Is there any other musician whose solos were copied as often as Bix's in the 1920s and early 1930s? I answer my own question with a resounding "No"!
I would agree with the widely-held view that Louis Armstrong had a more general influence on jazz than any other 1920s musician. However, I would assert that Bix had more influence on individual or specific musicians than any other musician. The distinction is between general and individual or specific. I hope the words I use make clear the concept that I am trying to get across.