The Bix Beiderbecke Story

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To mark the centenary of the birth of the first great white jazz musician, Russell Davies presents The Bix Beiderbecke Story. Russell Davies traces Beiderbecke's short but extraordinary life. From his difficult relationship with his white, middle-class parents, who were outraged when he turned his attention away from his classical studies to follow the likes of Louis Armstrong and Joe Oliver, through to his phenomenal success as a white jazz musician (anathema to many at the time). Plus, from working with Bing Crosby and Benny Goodman amongst others, to his ill-health and subsequent death at the tender age of 28. Despite being the first white musician to make a significant contribution to the formation of jazz, Beiderbecke's vain struggle to win the approval and support of his parents was a constant source of anguish. Following his parents' deaths, he discovered all the records he'd proudly sent them, in a cupboard at their home unopened.

2003061220040722

To mark the centenary of the birth of the first great white jazz musician, Russell Davies presents The Bix Beiderbecke Story. Russell Davies traces Beiderbecke's short but extraordinary life. From his difficult relationship with his white, middle-class parents, who were outraged when he turned his attention away from his classical studies to follow the likes of Louis Armstrong and Joe Oliver, through to his phenomenal success as a white jazz musician (anathema to many at the time). Plus, from working with Bing Crosby and Benny Goodman amongst others, to his ill-health and subsequent death at the tender age of 28. Despite being the first white musician to make a significant contribution to the formation of jazz, Beiderbecke's vain struggle to win the approval and support of his parents was a constant source of anguish. Following his parents' deaths, he discovered all the records he'd proudly sent them, in a cupboard at their home unopened.