Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke was born in Davenport, Iowa, on March 10 1903. His father, Bismark Herman Beiderbecke, operated a successful fuel and lumber company. His mother, nee Agatha Jane Hilton, was a gifted pianist. Bix was raised in a comfortable middle class environment and learned to play the piano at an early age. His musical ear was so amazing that he did not learn to read music. He would ask his music teacher to play a piece “to hear how it sounded”, and was able to repeat is not by note.
He began playing the piano at age 3, and the coronet at age 14. During his high school years, he played with local bands. In 1921 his parents enrolled him in Lake Forest Academy, near Chicago, hoping to instill in him some discipline and interest in his studies but the proximity to Chicago and its nascent jazz scene had just the opposite effect. He formed a small band and began playing for campus dances.
In 1922, after being expelled from Lake Forest and a brief period at home, Bix began his professional career, working around Chicago and on Lake Michigan excursion boats. In 1923 he joined the Wolverines and toured Indiana and Ohio with them. In 1924, Bix and the Wolverines moved to New York where they played briefly at the Cinderella Ballroom. Bix left the Wolverines later that year.
Saxophone pioneer Frank Trumbauer hired Bix in 1925 for his band in Detroit. Then, Bix and “Tram” worked together in Jean Goldkette’s band until 1927. After a short stay with Adrian Rollini’s big band in New York, Bix joined Paul Whiteman and worked and toured nationally with him on and off until 1930, when his deteriorating health forced him to quit. He died in New York on Aug. 6 1931.
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In memory of Bix, the City of Davenport holds a 7-mile race, which draws runners from all over the world, namely called the Bix 7 , which has grown from 84 runners in 1975 to nearly 20,000 runners in 2003.
Now for the cache info..
The final cache has been moved as of 1-15-07
The above coordinates take to you to the house that Bix grew up in.
What is the address of this house?
A B C D _ _ _ _
Count the number of rows of seats.
E F _ _
What is the date next to the name Dennis Haack?
G H I J _ _ _ _
This takes you to the Beiderbecke family plot.
Count the number of headstones with a rounded top.
K L _ _
41°32.(C+D+G) (A) (F-E)
90°32.(L+J) (D+E) (J)