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December 18, 2009


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Congratulations on all that is good for you! I look forward to the book in 2011.

Glenda Childress

What accomplishments--to birth a baby and a new Bix Book! Congratulations!

Fifty-four years after I found the album Bix & Tram, v.2 in a department store record bin and literally wore the grooves off of the LP, I this year discovered that Bix's work was available in MP3 and was immediately bowled over again with the beauty of it all. I've read the Sudhalter, Berton, and Lion books and look forward greatly to yours!


What's up, B! Congratulations on all fronts. What a beautiful little girl. And I can't wait to read the book.

If you're ever in NYC, give me a shout. It'd be great to have a beer and reminisce about days playing guitar and organizing in Iowa City.


iterally wore the grooves off of the LP, I this year discovered that Bix's work was available in MP3 and was immediately bowled over again

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