Blind Pig, 0; Acorn, 1Jan 23, 2020
I've been trying for two days now to write something witty, enlightening and succinct about Bix Beiderbecke, and all I've come up with is a bit of satisfying but slight trivia about the origins of his given name. One of my lesser hobbies consists of wondering why some musicians score a cool handle for life while others don't, with a subsidiary curiosity about how even the most workaday of names (Bill Evans? Herb Ellis?) manage to take on some pizzazz through association with the talent demonstrated by the person within. Bix, it turns out, was most likely named Leon Bismark, after his father Bismark Beiderbecke. Both father and son voluntarily abbreviated this bit of Prussian invocation to Bix, and hey, presto, the original Young Man With A Horn was born, narrowly averting a fate as a traveling purveyor of Teutonic meat products in the bargain.