Traditional Jazz Preservation Endowment


Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke was born on March 10, 1903 in Davenport, IA. Bix was a musical genius that mastered the cornet, the piano, and was a world famous composer. Bix was an inspiration to many, even though his career was short lived. Bix died at the age of 28, worn out and deathly ill. In order to keep the music and memory of Bix alive, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society was established in 1972.

Since then, the Memorial Society has hosted an annual jazz festival known by many as the “Bix Bash”. This festival draws thousands of Bix fans and jazz bands from across the United States to the Quad Cities. In planning for their future, the Memorial Society established the Traditional Jazz Preservation Fund to provide ongoing support for its activities and programs.

Traditional jazz is an American art form that has been proclaimed a national treasure by Congress. The Memorial Society intends to preserve this art form, expand its jazz education programs into local schools and host annual events with their endowment fund. The Traditional Jazz Preservation Fund also ensures the future of jazz music in the Quad Cities for generations to come.

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