Today, March 10, is the birthday of Bix Beiderbecke, someone I’ve admired since my childhood. This composition, AT THE JAZZ BAND BALL, always makes me think of him. Here’s a lovely hot version from Tim Laughlin and Connie Jones (clarinet and cornet, respectively) recorded at the 2014 San Diego Jazz Fest — with the noble assistance of Doug Finke, trombone; Chris Dawson, piano; Katie Cavera, guitar; Marty Eggers, string bass; Hal Smith, drums:
And “the dear boy” is what Louis called him, many years later.
May your happiness increase!