Bix Beiderbecke

Virtual Bix Jazz Fest

Jul 30, 2020
Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival

Because of the pandemic, the Bix Jazz Festival will be virtual this weekend, with just one concert each, on Friday and Saturday night. Three bands will be featured each night.

Making Bix More Accessible

Jul 24, 2020

The Friends of the Davenport Public Library recently won a grant from the state of Iowa  to make material about jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke much more accessible to the public.

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Nearly three years after it opened, the Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive in Davenport has its first director. Nathan Kraft began working, on a part-time basis, earlier this month.

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Bix Museum Ready to Open

Jul 21, 2017
WVIK News

Years of hoping, planning, and raising money have finally paid off for fans of jazz legend and Davenport native, Bix Beiderbecke. A ribbon cutting was held Friday afternoon for the new Bix Beiderbecke Museum, in the River Music Experience.

Phil Pospychala

If you just can't wait until July to hear live, traditional jazz music, you should travel to southeast Wisconsin this weekend. The 28th annual Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke is being held Thursday through Sunday.  

For the 45th year, musicians and fans from across the country and around the world will gather in the Quad Cities to honor Bix Beiderbecke. The jazz legend was born in Davenport, and the four-day festival in his honor opens Thursday night.

Josh Duffee is president and music director for the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society, and will play with several bands during the festival, that'll feature music from the 1920's and 30's.

Birthday Bash Celebrates Jazz Legend Bix Beiderbecke

Mar 8, 2016
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Jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke would be 113 years old this year. Quad Citians can celebrate the Davenport native's birthday at the Bix Birthday Bash at Col ballroom Thursday.

The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society is hosting the event, which will include live performances and free cake.

Bix Society president Josh Duffee says the bash is a great way to honor a local legend. Plans are also underway to open the Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive Center at the River Music Experience in Davenport.

WVIK Staff

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.

Oakdale Memorial Gardens

The burial site of legendary jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke, the inventor of the submarine periscope, and the founder of Dairy Queen, is gaining national attention. Last spring, Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport was added to the National Register of Historic Places. And now, Manager Deb Williams is working to make it a historic site and national landmark.