First, “the dear boy” is what Louis Armstrong called Bix, writing about him in 1954. And Bix Beiderbecke remains dear to many, as man and musician.
Phil Pospychala is once again arranging his Tribute to Bix, to be held in the Marriott in Racine, Wisconsin. Details can be found — along with photographs, cartoons, comedy, and information — at http://www.bixfest.com/
The music promises to be typically rewarding, with Vince Giordano leading his Midwest Nighthawks and as a member of the “Bix and his Gang” band — which features Andy Schumm on cornet, Dave Bock on trombone, John Otto on reeds, and Josh Duffee on drums. Jamaica Knauer, videographer and singer, will be making her debut with cornetist Scott Black, Bock, Andy Schumm on piano, John Otto, and Sue Fischer on drums. The New Century Jazz Orchestra from the UK will be playing as well.
Jamaica says, “It’s a really nice, intimate kind of festival, with a bus trip to jazz sites, lectures, record
contests, record sales, jazz films, late night record spinning, birthday cakes in Bix’s honor….a great time to hear some fantastic music, mingle with the musicians, make friends, and visit with old ones.”
For details (prices, reservations, scheduling) visit the BixFest site above. The video clips I have seen and posted from this festival are evidence enough that a good time was and will be had by all. Or ask your local Bixian!