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While he was away, Whiteman famously kept his chair open in Beiderbecke's honor, in the hope that he would occupy it again.
However, when he returned to New York at the end of January , Beiderbecke did not rejoin Whiteman and performed only sparingly. On his last recording session, in New York, on September 15, , Beiderbecke played on the original recording of Hoagy Carmichael's new song, " Georgia on My Mind ", with Carmichael doing the vocals, Eddie Lang on guitar, Joe Venuti on violin, Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet and alto saxophone, Jack Teagarden on trombone, and Bud Freeman on tenor saxophone.
The song would go on to become a jazz and popular music standard. Beiderbecke's playing had an influence on Carmichael as a composer. One of his compositions, " Stardust ", was inspired by Beiderbecke's improvisations, with a cornet phrase reworked by Carmichael into the song's central theme. With all the noise [of a New York pub] going on, I don't know how they heard themselves, but they did.
I didn't contribute anything, but I listened and learned […] I was now being influenced by these musicians, particularly horn men. I could hum and sing all of the jazz choruses from the recordings made by Bix, Phil Napoleon, and the rest. Following the Wall Street Crash of , the once-booming music industry contracted and work became more difficult to find.
However, during a live broadcast on October 8, , Beiderbecke's seemingly limitless gift for improvisation finally failed him: "He stood up to take his solo, but his mind went blank and nothing happened", recalled a fellow musician, Frankie Cush. Beiderbecke died in his apartment, No. The week had been stiflingly hot, making sleep difficult. Suffering from insomnia, Beiderbecke played the piano late into the evenings, both to the annoyance and the delight of his neighbors.
He pulled me in and pointed to the bed. His whole body was trembling violently. He was screaming there were two Mexicans hiding under his bed with long daggers.
To humor him, I looked under the bed and when I rose to assure him there was no one hiding there, he staggered and fell, a dead weight, in my arms.
I ran across the hall and called in a woman doctor, Dr. Haberski, to examine him. She pronounced him dead. Historians have disagreed over the identity of the doctor who pronounced Beiderbecke dead, with several sources stating that it was Dr.
John Haberski - the husband of the woman Kraslow identified - who pronounced Beiderbecke dead in his apartment. Unofficially, edema of the brain coupled with the effects of long-term alcoholism have been cited as contributory factors. He was buried there on August 11, in the family plot at Oakdale Cemetery. Critical analysis of Beiderbecke's work during his lifetime was sparse. His innovative playing initially received greater attention and appreciation among European critics than those in the country of his birth.
The British music trade magazine "Melody Maker" published a number of reviews of his recordings and assessments of his cornet playing. In the April issue, bandleader Fred Elizalde stated: "Bix Bidlebeck sic is considered by Red Nichols himself and every other trumpet player in the States, for that matter, as the greatest trumpet player of all time".
The magazine's editor, Edgar Jackson, was equally fulsome in his praise: "Bix has a heart as big as your head, which shines through his playing with the warmth of the sun's rays" September issue ; "The next sixteen bars are a trumpet solo by Bix, and if this doesn't get you right in the heart, you'd better see a vet…. At the time of his death, Beiderbecke was still little known by the public at large, though his appreciation among fellow musicians and the collegiate set is indicated by contemporary news reports:.
To a large circle of those boys and girls of high school and college age whom a staid world likes to label "the jazz-mad generation," the news that Leon Bix Beiderbecke is dead will mean something, however lacking in significance it might be to their critical elders. In his mind were conceived the wild, strange contortions of rhythm and harmony which established the basic motif of the popular music of a year ago.
To most youngsters in college, however, the weird flourishes that "Bixie's" fingers executed on trumpet and piano were expressive. They could hear the lilting melody of youth that formed a smooth background for his fantastic caricatures in sound.
Hundreds of young collegians who couldn't recall a strain of Beethoven or Wagner could whistle Bix Beiderbecke choruses. In the world of professional popular music, "Bixie" was an artist comparable to Kreisler in the field of conventional music. Paul Whiteman called him "the finest trumpet player in the country". Perhaps "Bixie's" death at the age of twenty-eight also is symbolical of the futility of the "jazz-mad generation's" quest for self-expression.
However that may be, if it is true, as some critics contend, that "jazz" music is establishing foundations on which a distinctive and thoroughly legitimate American music eventually will be built, Bix Beiderbecke has left his mark on the future culture of the nation. The notice appeared in October The New Republic critic Otis Ferguson wrote two short articles for the magazine, "Young Man with a Horn" July 29, and "Young Man with a Horn Again" November 18, , that worked to revive interest not only in Beiderbecke's music but also in his biography.
Beiderbecke "lived very briefly […] in what might be called the servants' entrance to art", Ferguson wrote. Ferguson's sense of what was "right" became the basis for the Beiderbecke Romantic legend, which has traditionally emphasized the musician's Iowa roots, his often careless dress, his difficulty sight reading, the purity of his tone, his drinking, and his early death. Beiderbecke was portrayed as a tragic genius along the lines of Ludwig van Beethoven. Her story of the doomed trumpet player Rick Martin was inspired, she wrote, by "the music, but not the life" of Beiderbecke, but the image of Martin quickly became the image of Beiderbecke: His story is about "the gap between the man's musical ability and his ability to fit it to his own life.
In this version, in which Hoagy Carmichael also plays a role, the Rick Martin character lives. It jumped around a great deal through Bix's life, making it difficult to understand the chronological details. However, Weeks delivers a gentle performance and the cinematography is beautiful. The sentimentality, paired with original scores of Bix's music, makes it worth seeing.
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