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Bix and the Boys

Russell Perry By

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In the last hour we heard the most important jazz recordings of the 1920s—the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens led by cornetist Louis Armstrong. Perhaps the other most influential cornet player of the era was a young white musician from Davenport Iowa, Bix Beiderbecke. In this hour we will listen to his music often in the company of C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer. We'll also listen to several bands featuring cornetist Red Nichols and ground-breaking trombonist Miff Mole.

We are joined in this hour by Brendan Wolfe, the author of "Finding Bix—The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend." He is the managing editor of the Encyclopedia of Virginia, a project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Playlist

  • Host Intro 0:00
  • The Wolverine Orchestra "Jazz Me Blues" from The Art Of Bix Beiderbecke (Primo) 5:09
  • The Wolverine Orchestra "Copenhagen" from The Art Of Bix Beiderbecke (Primo) 7:56
  • The Wolverine Orchestra "Tiger Rag" from Classic Jazz: Vol. 015, Wolverine Orchestra, Sioux City Six, Bix Beiderbecke (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 10:24
  • Host speaks 13:02
  • Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra "Singing The Blues" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 14:43
  • Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra "Clarinet Marmalade" from Frankie Trumbauer: 1927 -1928 (Classics) 17:44
  • Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra "Riverboat Shuffle" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 20:56
  • Host speaks 24:04
  • Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra "I'm Coming, Virginia" from Frankie Trumbauer: 1927 -1928 (Classics) 25:18
  • Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" from Frankie Trumbauer: 1927 -1928 (Classics) 28:30
  • Host speaks 31:24
  • Bix Beiderbecke "In A Mist" from The Art Of Bix Beiderbecke (Primo) 33:47
  • Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra "Krazy Kat" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 36:29
  • Host speaks 39:34
  • Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang "Royal Garden Blues" from At The Jazz Band Ball (Columbia) 41:47
  • Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang "Sorry" from At The Jazz Band Ball (Columbia) 44:49
  • Host speaks 47:46
  • Miff Mole's Molers "Hurricane" from Slippin' Around (Frog) 50:39
  • Red and Miff's Stompers "Delirium" from Red Nichols: 1925 -1927 (Classics) 5:27
  • Host speaks 56:30

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