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First Ever Bix Beiderbecke Museum to Open in Davenport

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WVIK Staff
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Bix Beiderbecke Museum President, Howard Braren

A museum for a local legendary jazz musician will be created in the Quad Cities. Today, the Bix Beiderbecke Museum and World Archives group announced their plans for the first-ever Bix Museum, located at the River Music Experience in Davenport.

President of the museum, Howard Braren, says the 15,000 square foot Bix Museum will have a classroom for students, as well as the musician's last piano and archived items, such as letters Bix wrote and received. 
BixBeiderbecke was born in Davenport and became a world-renowned jazz musician in the 1920s. Braren says Bix is still influential today, which is why he wants to preserve and exhibit the musician's life and career.

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He says Bix still lives.

The museum will be on the lower floor of the River Music Experience building located in downtown Davenport, and construction plans to be completed in mid-2017.


The Bix Beiderbecke Museum and World Archives group has raised $200,000 so far. It hopes to raise $625,000 with an additional $250,000 endowment.