Finding Bix: An Iowa Legend Whose Music Lives On

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Bix Beiderbecke was a self-taught cornet player from Davenport, a white kid from the corn belt born in 1903. He only lived to be 28 years old, but against all odds his musical influence has lasted for generations. This hour, host Charity Nebbe speaks to author Brendan Wolfe, who grew up in Beiderbecke's hometown. Wolfe's new book is called "Finding Bix: The Live and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend." (University of Iowa Press) Wolfe told us that he first heard Bix's music when he took part in a movie about the jazz legend's life and he was hired to "pretend to play the fiddle" for the movie. Wolfe said the process of falling in love with Beiderbecke's music was "a slow burn." "Jazz fans say the first time they hear their heroes play, it was mind-blowing and earth-shattering right away. With Bix, it took me a little while. I listened, then arched my eye-brows, and then listened again. After a while, I never stopped listening to his music." We learned from the author that he soon learned that

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