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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bix Beiderbecke

All About Jazz is celebrating Bix Beiderbecke’s birthday today! As a boy, Bix Beiderbecke had a few piano lessons, but he was self-taught on cornet and developed an unorthodox technique by playing along with recordings. His family disapproved of his interest in jazz and sent him to Lake Forest Academy in 1921, but the opportunity to play and hear jazz in nearby Chicago caused frequent truancy and eventually his expulsion…

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