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Tag Archives: Bix Beiderbecke
Ever wish you had more Bix in your music collection? Use Freegal Music Service to download 3 free songs per week! Click on the link under Online Resources on our website and log in with your Davenport Public Library card to start downloading … Continue reading
The 45th Annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival kicks off today! Stop by the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center and browse through our collection of posters from past years, donated to us by our friends at the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society and the Bix … Continue reading
Our latest LibGuide covers all of our available resources on Davenport native jazz musician, Bix Beiderbecke. The new LibGuide can be accessed through the Suggested Research Topics page on our website. It lists everything from books, video recordings, audio recordings, sheet music, photographs, posters … Continue reading
The Beiderbecke name has been made internationally famous due to the talent and success of jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke. Locally, though, the Beiderbecke name has been well-known in the area since 1856 when Charles Beiderbecke, Bix’s grandfather, moved to Davenport … Continue reading
Favorite haunts of genealogists and local historians seem to be indoor locations a great deal of the time. We feel at home in local libraries and history centers pouring over books, faded documents, and microfilm until our eyes feel dry and … Continue reading
Among our collections of genealogies and local histories, death records and newspaper abstracts hides a different kind of historical resource: Musical scores. In Special Collections, we have several catalogued scores, most of which have local connections, from Davenport by Alfred … Continue reading
In the summer of 1971, a group of musicians made a pilgrimage to Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa. They planned to play a simple concert in homage to one of the pioneers of jazz, on the fortieth anniversary of his death. Almost … Continue reading
One of our readers, former Davenporter Brendan Wolfe, wrote to share an interesting story about the only known newspaper interview with Bix Beiderbecke, which was published in the Davenport Democrat on February 10, 1929. Bix Beiderbecke is always interesting, at … Continue reading
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times (how many of us heard that saying growing up?), the early Quad City Germans loved to sing and parade through town. It wasn’t just local Germans truthfully. When Davenport held special … Continue reading