Birth name Leon Bismark Beiderbecke Born March 10, 1903 Origin Davenport, Iowa, U.S. Died August 6, 1931 (aged 28) Genres Jazz Dixieland Occupations Musician, composer Instruments Cornet, piano Years active 1924–1931
baroquenoise: Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931) was one of the great jazz musicians of the 1920’s…he was also a child of Prohibition liquor. His hard drinking and beautiful tone on the cornet made him a legend among musicians during his life. There is a very loose portrayal of Bix, played by Richard Gere, in the movie The Cotton Club where Gere actually sings and plays cornet.
Bix Beiderbecke [1903, Davenport, IA - 1931, Sunnyside, New York City, NY] was an American jazz cornetist, jazz pianist, and composer. With Louis Armstrong and Muggsy Spanier, Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s.