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March 06, 2010


Glenda Childress

It's interesting how George Avakian's Bix & Tram LP comes up so often with second and third generation Bix fans. I'd hardly heard of Bix when I bought it (in the second cover iteration) as a teen in the mid-1950's on the basis of Avakian's back-of-case notes. I moved it around with me about 20 times over the next fifty years, and although the poor vinyl became almost unplayable, those twelve songs on it were always back there in my mind, as a kind of standard, I guess, against which all the rest of the music I heard was judged.

Thanks to Avakian, you and Muldaur, and all the rest over the years for keeping it alive.


I heard some Bix when I was a peanut too! Didn't make much of an impression at the time, but I didn't know how to listen. I did note he was one of my peeps, a fellow Iowan. About 20 years ago, I found this cd for about $5.


I was hooked and became a fan for life. I've read a lot about him, I've visited his grave, I play his music for other people. Bix really affects people, but you knew that.

Thanks for this fascinating interview, I've mentioned in a comment before that Muldaur's Private Astronomy is a favorite. Geoff has caught the Spirit of Bix.

Renaissance Costume

Awesome interview! I agree with Gene...


A friend of mine, a drummer in Berlin, became a Bix fan after he has listened to this playlist I had embedded in my blog:

Bix Beiderbecke Playlist

He called the 16 bars at "I'll Be A Friend With Pleasure" a "sensational trumpet passage, ingenious, mind-blowing".

All best,


Jimmy Lohman

Brendan -- I would like to share with you my rendition of "I'm Comin, Virginia," that I think you will enjoy if you are a Bix afficianado. You can find it on iTunes or at CD Baby on my CD entitled "Storyville." I was a big fan of Muldaur and the old Jim Kweskin Jug Band in my teen years. Thanks for the interview. If you email me, I'll mail you the whole CD.

Best, Jimmy Lohman (Austin, TX)


Thanks for interview.

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