Hello Janice, and welcome to the Bixography Forum!!
Posted Jun 21, 2012 11:26 AM
Thnaks very much for the fascinating information. I am particularly interested in the photo and the memoirs. Maybe you can send the photo to me and I would be happy to post it here and hope that we can identify the musicans.
Of course, Bix played with your grandfather and I would be very grateful if you could scan the pages of his memoirs where he talks about Bix. One of the reed players in Caldwell's band was Don Murray, a good friend of Bix's. I would also appreciate very nuch if you could tell us what your grandfather has to say about Don. Another musican in Caldwell's band was Harry Gale, a good friend of Bix. Does your grandfather have anything to say about Gale?
Early Oct 1921. Bix sits with Jimmy Caldwells band. Nov 25, 1921 Bix sits with Caldwell group at Edgewater Beach Hotel. Jan 26, 1922. Bix plays officially with Caldwells band at Senn High School Prom. (A crowd of more than 2,000 attend). Feb 18, 1922. Bix sits with Bill Grimm in Lake Forest. Feb 26, 1922. Bix plays with Bill Grimm at Northwestern University. Mar 10, 1922. Plays with Caldwell at Northwestern University. Apr, 1922. Works weekends with Caldwell at the Edgewater hotel.
Here is my correspondence with the archivist at Northwestern University. Maybe you could get some information about the Senior Ball of March 10, 1922
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, June 11, 2010 8:38 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: 1922 Senior Ball and 1922 Homecoming Week
I am Albert Haim, professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. I am carrying out research about a 1920s jazz musician named Bix Beiderbekce.
Bix appeared twice in Nothwestern University: once on March 10, 1922 with Jimmie Caldwell's band for the Senior Ball, and again on Nov 10, 1922 with Charles Podalsky's band during the Homecoming Week Dance.
I wonder if you have any documentation associated with the two events, correspondence with the leaders of the bands when they were engaged for the functions, accounts and photographs of the events in the student newspapers and/or yearbooks, etc.
I would be grateful for any information related to the bands engaged for the two functions.
Thank you for your enquiry regarding the Beiderbekce concerts. I wish we could be more helpful but not a trace of his appearance remains. The student newspapers then were thin affairs: 4 pages/issue and devoid of all but the biggest stories in that context. So much so, that not even Homecoming itself received coverage! The yearbooks have shots of football games but not dances at that period. Beyond that, there are no photos or surviving documentation. Naturally, we're wondering how you became aware of Bix's performances here. Care to share that with us? In any case, I'm sorry we can't do more.
Best of luck of your research on what has to be a great topic.