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<div class="grid_8 alpha"><div><h1><em>Bix jazz festival will move to Hotel Blackhawk </em></h1>
- <em>: <span class="updated">Tuesday, November 9, 2010 11:44 am</span> </em></li>
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<em>The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival will move from one of its longtime homes to the newly refurbished Hotel Blackhawk in August, members of the Bix society announced at a news conference this morning.</em>
<em>Now known as the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, the hotel at 53rd and Brady streets in Davenport, originally a Holiday Inn, has been a home to Bix musicians and fans since 1971. That was when an impromptu jam session began with a visiting group of jazz musicians from New Jersey who were in town to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the cornet greats death. They played on a stage alongside an all-star band of Quad-City area musicians, and that provided the impetus for the annual jazz festival.</em>
<em>The events new host in downtown Davenport, the Hotel Blackhawk, is in the middle of renovations that are expected to be complete by mid-December. Blackhawk general manager Wesley Ludloff announced today that the hotel will be home to the Bix Bistro, featuring specialty foods from the locales where Beiderbecke played.</em>
<em>The performance hall at the River Music Experience, also in downtown Davenport, will be utilized for both jazz festival performances and educational sessions.</em>
<em>Other traditional fest locales, The Col Ballroom in the downtown area and LeClaire Park on the Davenport riverfront, will remain in use.</em>
<em>Last month, officials with the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Society announced a change in dates for the 2011 festival, switching from the last full weekend in July when it coincided with the Quad-City Times Bix 7 road race to Aug. 4-7. Organizers say the 40th annual festival a weekend that includes the date of the 80th anniversary of Beiderbeckes death will have events during the days leading up to the festival, although the specifics have not been confirmed.</em>
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From the Dispatch and Argus. Posted Online: Nov. 09, 2010, 10:11 pm
Thanks to Jim Petersen for alerting me to the publication of this article.
<h3>2011 Bix jazz fest set to be biggest year ever
By Jonathan Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org
DAVENPORT -- Next year's 40th Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival -- in a new month, with new venues and more bands -- will be the biggest in its history, organizers said Tuesday.
"The Bix event is one of Davenport's premier summer events," Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba said at a news conference. "We draw people, through your hard work, from the United States as well as all over the world."
Aug. 6, 2011, is the 80th anniversary of the death of Davenport's Bix Beiderbecke, the legendary cornet player who died at 28. The memorial society and annual jazz fest started in his memory after the New Jersey-based Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Band paid tribute at Bix's Davenport grave on Aug. 6, 1971, and at a concert that night.
Next year's festival will be moved forward a week (Aug. 4-7, the week following the Bix 7 road race) to honor those anniversaries,Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society board member Leo Schubert said.
"By moving up the date, we have an opportunity to recreate the excitement of the first festival," he said.
That first concert will be re-enacted in the the Gold Room at Hotel Blackhawk on Aug. 5 with the Bix memorial band --led by Bill Barnes, the original trumpeter in the band that played in 1971 -- alternating with the Davenport Jazz Band, led by Jim Valentine on clarinet and Bill Allred on trombone (both of whom played that night in 1971).
Mr. Valentine, of Hampton, showed the Bix memorial band around Davenport in a bus. "The group was so wound up, they rolled down the windows and were playing music going through downtown Davenport," he said.
Later, at the hours-long jam session, "they ran out of whiskey, beer, gin. They were trying to get more," Mr. Valentine said. "It looked like a hurricane hit that place, beer bottles everywhere."
Next Aug. 6, a "battle of the bands" will be held with Josh Duffee & His Orchestra and Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks from New York City. They are among the next festival's 17 bands, the most in its history, said Mr. Duffee, the fest's music director and a drummer who leads one of the eight local bands.
"We feel it's very important to support local musicians," he said. "They have done a great job in supporting Bix."
For the first time, the newly renovated Hotel Blackhawk will serve as a band venue and host hotel for the fest, as well as the Performance Hall at the River Music Experience -- joining LeClaire Park and the Col Ballroom as performance spots. All venues will be clustered downtown, including the Palmer auditorium for the annual Afterglow.
"We are very excited about this affiliation," said Tim Heim, Hotel Blackhawk sales and marketing director. "To bring a prestigious event to our property in general -- and the Gold Room in particular -- is something that we hope will start a new tradition for the Bix Jazz Festival."
"I'm just so thrilled to have gotten the Hotel Blackhawk involved in memorializing this great musician,"general manager Wesley Ludloff said, noting that the hotel's new restaurant will be called the Bix Bistro and Lounge, its menu celebrating regions where Bix played.
Bix's cornet (from the Putnam Museum collection) will be played by Andy Schumm, 25, of Milwaukee. "He's the closest to Bix's original sound," Mr. Duffee said.
The complete festival schedule should be on www.bixsociety.org
website by the end of the month, he said. There also will be educational seminars and music clinics as part of the week.
"I believe our 40th festival is going to be our best ever," Mr. Schubert said. "Bix still lives. He's going to live in the music of Davenport and put Davenport on the musical map."
Bix bands to play in 2011
Jazz festival bands scheduled to play for the 40th anniversary, Aug. 4-7, 2011, are:
-- Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band (Orlando, Fla.)
-- Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks (New York City)
-- Jim Cullum's Jazz Band (San Antonio, Tex.)
-- The New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra (Sydney, Australia)
-- Andy Schumm and His Gang (Milwaukee, Wis.)
-- The West End Jazz Band (Chicago)
-- The Statesman of Jazz with Dick Hyman and Randy Sandke (all over U.S.)
-- Dave Greer's Classic Jazz Stompers (Dayton, Ohio)
-- Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Band (New Jersey/Florida)
-- Josh Duffee & His Orchestra (Davenport)
-- Jimmy Valentine Quintet (Hampton, Ill.)
-- The River City 6 (Davenport)
-- The Hot Club of Davenport
-- The Manny Lopez Quartet and Manny Lopez Big Band (Davenport)
-- The Davenport Jazz Band
-- Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Youth Jazz Band (Quad-Cities)