Many YouTube videos of jazz performances are exuberant hot music, nearly violent in their emotional effect.
This tribute to Bix Beiderbecke’s early life, created by Mook Ryan, is something different. It beautifully melds photographs of Bix’s early life with his composition FLASHES played by Chris Hopkins and Bernd Lhotzky. And Mook’s video does what great art, deeply understood, should do. Hearing the music and seeing the panorama, we celebrate Bix and mourn him. Beautiful, triumphant, evocative, and sad.