Bix Beiderbecke (1903–1931) was an American jazz cornetist, jazz
pianist, and composer. He was one of the most influential jazz soloists
of the 1920s. He helped to invent the jazz ballad style and hinted at
what, in the 1950s, would become cool jazz. Beiderbecke taught himself
to play cornet largely by ear, leading him to adopt a non-standard
fingering that some critics have connected to his original sound. He
first recorded with a Midwestern jazz ensemble The Wolverines in 1924,
after which he played briefly for the Jean Goldkette Orchestra before
joining Frankie Trumbauer for an extended gig at the Arcadia Ballroom
in St. Louis, Missouri. Beiderbecke and Trumbauer both joined Goldkette
in 1926. The band toured widely and famously played a set opposite
Fletcher Henderson at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City in October
1926. The following year, Trumbauer and Beiderbecke left Detroit to
join the best-known and most prestigious dance orchestra in the
country: the New York-based Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Beiderbecke's most
influential recordings date from his time with Goldkette and Whiteman,
although they were generally recorded under his own name or
Trumbauer's. Beiderbecke left the Whiteman band in 1930 and the
following summer died in his Queens apartment at the age of
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