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By 1924 to 1928, jazz is everywhere in America and spreading abroad. For the first time, soloists and singers take center stage, transforming the music with their distinctive voices. This episode traces the careers of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Sidney Bechet, Bessie Smith, Earl Hines, Ethel Waters, Bix Beiderbecke, the first great white jazz artist and Benny Goodman, the son of Jewish immigrants.
Chronicles the life and career of Bix Beiderbecke, from his beginnings as a child prodigy to his death at age 28. Includes film footage, photos, and interviews with Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, Bill Challis, Doc Cheatam, Charlie Davis, Jack Fulton, Matty Malneck, Artie Shaw, and Spiegle Willcox.
Stunning illustrations provide a near-wordless graphic exploration highlighting the career of Leon Bix Beiderbecke, one of the most innovative jazz soloists of the 1920s next to the legendary Louis Armstrong. While composing and recording some of the landmark music in the early years of the genre, Bix struggled with personal demons, facing the disapproval of his conservative parents and an increasing dependence on alcohol. Presented in predominantly...