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Bix Beiderbecke
(1903-31)
American jazz cornetist, improviser, and composer



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"Finally Beiderbecke took out a silver cornet. He put it to his lips and blew a phrase. The sound came out like a girl saying 'yes'."
-- Eddie Condon on Bix Beiderbecke

"One of the things I like about jazz, kid, is I don't know what's going to happen next. Do you?"
-- Bix Beiderbecke

"The jazz band's chief stimulus, of course, was the rise of the negro 'blues' and their exploitation by the negro song-writer, W. C. Handy."
-- Bix Beiderbecke

"Jazz is musical humor. The noun jazz describes a modern American technique for the playing of any music, accompanied by noise called harmony, and interpolated instrumental effects. It also describes music exhibiting influence of that technique which has as its traditional object to secure the effects of surprise, or in the broadest sense, humor."
-- Bix Beiderbecke





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