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Welcome to the Jazz Quiz
for August

The Beiderbecke Takes


This month we give you fifteen questions related to tunes recorded by cornettist Bix Beiderbecke. We have taken out every other letter from the tune titles. How many tunes can you identify?

 

Bix beiderbecke

 

As with everything, Jazz has its music legends. Some of these were particularly talented musicians who died before their time. One of them was Leon 'Bix' Beiderbecke. Wikipedia sums it up: 'Treatment for alcoholism in rehabilitation centers, with the support of Whiteman and the Beiderbecke family, failed to stop his decline. He left the Whiteman band in 1929 and in the summer of 1931 he died in his Sunnyside, Queens, New York apartment at the age of 28. Virtually no moving film exists showing the cornettist (click here for a brief glimpse of him with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra in 1928 playing My Ohio Home). But perhaps his best recordings were with small groups during the late 1920s.

We have something of a picture of the man in the words of people who knew him, people like Eddie Condon who is famously quoted as saying: "Finally Beiderbecke took out a silver cornet. He put it to his lips and blew a phrase. The sound came out like a girl saying 'yes'." Or Bix's friend Hoagy Carmichael who in this interview 'rejects the notion that lots of people knew Bix well' (click here). At the end of the day, we have Bix's recordings. Like many people, I have always found something special about his solos - we share some of them in this month's quiz. (Most of these tunes can be heard on YouTube).

 

Give yourself an extra point if you are able to identify the song from which these lyrics come :

'Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you
'

 

Click here for the answers and to listen to the music .... Don't forget to check your score.

 

 

Here are the titles of fifteen tunes recorded by Bix Beiderbecke. Every other letter has been removed - can you identify the tunes?

 

1. R-y-l....... G-r-e-....... B-u-s

 

2. W-y.......D-w-.......Y-n-e-.......I-.......N-w.......O-l-a-s

 

Paul Whiteman

 

 

 

3. W-i-.......T-l.......Y-u.......S-e.......M-.......C-e-i-

 

 

Paul Whiteman

 

 

 

 

4. I'-.......C-m-n-.......V-r-i-i-

 

5. S-n-i-'.......T-e.......B-u-s

 

6. I-.......A.......M-s-

 

7. T-e-e.......A-n'-.......N-.......L-n-.......L-k-.......D-x-e-a-d.......T-.......M-

 

 

Adrian Rollini

 

 

 

8. A-.......T-e.......J-z-.......B-n-.......B-l-

 

 

Adrian Rollini

 

 

 

 

9. T-o-.......S-e-l

 

10. T-e-e.......A-n'-.......N-.......S-e-t.......M-n.......T-a-'s.......W-r-h.......T-e.......S-l-.......O-.......M-.......T-a-s

 

11. S-n-e.......M-.......B-s-.......G-l.......T-r-e-.......M-.......D-w-

 

12. T-e-e'-.......A.......C-a-l-.......I-.......C-r-l-n-

 

Frankie Trumbauer

 

 

 

13. J-s-.......A-.......H-u-.......O-.......L-v-

 

Frankie Trumbauer

 

 

 

 

14. B-b-.......W-n'-.......Y-u.......P-e-s-.......C-m-.......H-m-

 

15. T-u-b-l-g-

 

 

 

Click here for the answers

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