The Jazz Kings in
Bixology
At the Jazz Band Ball with Bix Beiderbecke
Thu, Oct 12, 8:00 - 10:30 pm
Theater, SEHS
We go back to our roots with this program! When we decided to honor Bix Beiderbecke (one of the true folk heroes of American popular music) by performing music associated with during his very short life, we found to our amazement that Bix had performed on over 750 numbers, either on recordings or radio broadcasts (most without Bix solos, unfortunately). This gave us a vast repertoire to draw upon. But we do promise to include many of the numbers most associated with him, such as "Davenport Blues", "Copenhagen", "Royal Garden Blues", "Clarinet Marmalade", "I'm Comin' Virginia", "Riverboat Shuffle" and more!
Bix -- Man & Legend

This is the title of one of the first authoritative books about Bix Beiderbecke, and it immediately presents an interesting irony. Bix was 28 years old when he died. His performing and recording career lasted only seven years. He suffered from alcoholism and was often unable to perform during the last few years of his life. He was largely self-taught on cornet and piano and was often thrust into performing situations in which he could not read the assigned parts. He was largely unknown to the general public during his lifetime. His family never approved of his work as a musician and did not support his efforts.

Why, then, is he legendary? It is generally accepted that the 1938 novel by Dorothy Baker, Young Man With a Horn, based very loosely on Bix’s life, provided a basis for making the tragedy of his short, brilliant career a symbol of the Roaring Twenties. Among musicians, however, there was from the beginning a great admiration for his playing. Technical reasons included his beautiful, distinctive and bell-like tone, so different from that of other jazz players. There was his unusual use of pitch choices and rhythms. Even during his lifetime, other brass and reed players memorized his solos; Bix was one of the the first players accorded that kind of flattery, admiration and emulation. And at a time when jazz, like the rest of society, was deeply divided along racial lines, Bix was the first white jazz hero.

In the words of historian Samuel Charters, “The quality which Beiderbecke brought to his music…was an intensively creative attitude. White musicians in New York at this time often regarded jazz as simply an entertainment novelty and they lacked a sense of creative excitement – they never reached a more intense emotional level than a sort of relentless ‘cheerfulness’. Bix was more than cheerful, he was joyous, and it was a joyousness that matched the emotional intensity of the most creative figures of jazz.”

The roll call of musicians who played alongside Bix Beiderbecke in the 1920s, in such varied groups as the Wolverines, Bix and His Rhythm Jugglers, and the orchestras of Jean Goldkette, Frankie Trumbauer and Paul Whiteman, is also a compendium of some of the most important jazz players in the country at the time: saxophonists Frankie Trumbauer, Jimmy Dorsey and Bud Freeman; clarinetists Benny Goodman and Pee Wee Russell; trombonists Tommy Dorsey and Bill Rank; violinists Joe Venuti and Matty Malneck; guitarist Eddie Lang; bassist Steve Brown; arranger Bill Challis; and singers Bing Crosby, Harry Barris and Al Rinker. It would probably be safe to say that all of these musicians and many more had a high respect for Bix.

A footnote about some instruments you will hear tonight that have not had a part in previous Jazz Kings performances. We include the violin because of the important part that Joe Venuti played in Bix’s career. We also include the rarely heard C-Melody saxophone because it was often used by Frankie Trumbauer, although probably not as often as the history books would have you believe. Finally, we will have our trumpet players playing cornet much of the time because that is what Bix played. Until the advent of Louis Armstrong, the cornet was used by most high brass players. One can debate the qualities of the two instruments, but in general the cornet is mellower and sweeter, the trumpet more brilliant. At one point in the teens, in fact, Herbert L. Clarke, the famous cornet soloist with Sousa's band, declared that the cornet was “God’s instrument” and the trumpet was the “devil’s instrument”. We’ll let you decide the validity of that judgment.

— Stephen Stone, Jazz Kings Director & Conductor

SET I -- AT THE JAZZ BAND BALL
At The Jazz Band Ball 1918 Nick LaRocca, Larry Shields
Ostrich Walk 1918 Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Singin’ The Blues 1920 Lewis, Young, Conrad, Robinson
Sugar (That Sugar Baby O’ Mine) 1927 Sidney Mitchell, Edna Alexander, Maceo Pinkard
Clementine (From New Orleans) 1927 Henry Creamer, Harry Warren
Royal Garden Blues 1919 Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams
Sweet Sue – Just You 1928 Will Harris, Victor Young
Davenport Blues 1925 Bix Beiderbecke
Stringin’ The Blues 1926 Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang
Riverboat Shuffle 1924 Dick Voynow, Hoagy Carmichael, I. Mills, Mitchell Parish
San 1920 Lindsay McPhail, Walter Michels
Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home 1923 Charles Warfield, Clarence Williams
Tiger Rag 1917 Original Dixieland Jazz Band

SET II -- RHYTHM KING
Rhythm King 1928 Jo Trent, J. Russel Robinson
In A Mist 1927 Bix Beiderbecke
Candlelights 1930 Bix Beiderbecke
There Ain’t No Sweet Man That’s That’s Worth The Salt Of My Tears 1927 Fred Fisher
I’ve Found A New Baby 1926 Jack Palmer, Spencer Williams
Dardanella 1919 Fred Fisher, Felix Bernard, Johnny Black
So The BLuebirds And The Blackbirds Got Together 1929 Billy Moll, Harry Barris
You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me 1930 Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Pierre Connor
From Monday On 1928 Harry Barris, Bing Crosby
I’d Rather Be Blue Over You 1928 Billy Rose, Fred Fisher
Dear Bix 1976 Dave Frishberg
Alabamy Bound 1925 B.G. DeSylva, Bud Green, Ray Henderson

Event Personnel
Program
SET I. AT THE JAZZ BAND BALL
 At the Jazz Band Ball
(1917)
Music by Nick LaRocca, Larry Shields
 Singin' the Blues
(1920)
Words by Joe Young, Sam Lewis - Music by Con Conrad, J. Russel Robinson
 Sugar
(1927)
Words & music by Jack Yellen, Milton Ager, Red Nichols, Frank Crumit
 Royal Garden Blues
(1919)
Words & music by Spencer Williams, Clarence Williams
 Sweet Sue-Just You
(1928)
Words by Will J. Harris - Music by Victor Young
 Davenport Blues
(1925)
Music by Bix Beiderbecke
 Riverboat Shuffle
(1924)
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Hoagy Carmichael, Dick Voynow
 San
(1920) George White's Scandals 5th Edition
Words & music by Lindsay McPhail, Walter Michels
 Tiger Rag
(1917)
Music by Nick LaRocca
SET II. RHYTHM KING
 In A Mist
(1927)
Music by Bix Beiderbecke
 Candlelights
(1930)
Music by Bix Beiderbecke
 I've Found A New Baby
(1926)
Words & music by Spencer Williams, Jack Palmer
 Dardanella
(1919)
Words by Fred Fisher - Music by Felix Bernard, Johnny S. Black
 You Brought a New Kind Of Love To Me
(1930) The Big Pond
Words & music by Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain, Pierre Norman
 I'd Rather Be Blue Over You
(1928) My Man
Words by Billy Rose - Music by Fred Fisher
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Milton Ager, 1893-1979
Bix Beiderbecke, 1903-1931
Felix Bernard, 1897-1944
Johnny S. Black, -
Hoagy Carmichael, 1899-1981
Con Conrad, 1891-1938
Frank Crumit, -
Sammy Fain, 1902-1989
Fred Fisher, 1875-1942
Will J. Harris, 1900-1967
Irving Kahal, 1903-1942
Nick LaRocca, 1889-1961
Sam Lewis, 1885-1959
Lindsay McPhail, -
Walter Michels, -
Red Nichols, 1905-1965
Pierre Norman, -
Jack Palmer, 1900-1976
Mitchell Parish, 1900-1993
J. Russel Robinson, -
Billy Rose, 1899-1966
Larry Shields, 1893-1953
Dick Voynow, -
Spencer Williams, 1889-1965
Clarence Williams, 1898-1965
Jack Yellen, 1892-1991
Joe Young, 1889-1939
Victor Young, 1899-1956
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