Bix Beiderbecke Exhibit opening at the River Music Experience in 2017
Welcome to the official website of the
Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive.
For decades now, many have proposed the creation of a permanent repository for displaying and preserving items related to, and in honor of, the great American jazz cornetist and composer Bix Beiderbecke.
Located in the historic Red Stone Building, the home of the River Music Experience at the corner of Main and Second Streets, the Museum will be two short blocks from the Mississippi River in downtown Daveport, Iowa—an area the young Bix knew well.
The Bix Beiderbecke Museum will open to the public on July 25, 2017. With your financial assistance we can turn this longstanding dream into a reality.
Plans are moving forward for the Grand Opening of the Bix Museum at the River Music Experience in downtown Davenport.
Construction of the exhibit space is nearing completion; the Board has chosen Joseph Hines of Project Arts & Ideas (Dearborn, MI) as the exhibit designer.
The proposed total costs for the Museum are as follows:
Museum design/fabrication: $228,600
Museum buildout: $159,700
Total Museum Cost: $388,300
Expended funds: $214,000
Funds to complete museum:$174,300
Confirmed grants and funds: $99,000
Net funds to complete museum: $75,300
Total proposed cash goal
Enlistment of leadership for the capital campaign is underway. Accepting the role of Campaign Chairs are:
Randy Sandke, jazz musician and Bix authority
Howard Braren, Bix family member and retired fund raising consultant
Randy has already enlisted six Honorary Chairs:
George Avakian, legendary record producer
Hoagy Bix Carmichael
Vince Giordano, bandleader and jazz historian
Dick Hyman, pianist and composer
Dan Morgenstern, Director Emeritus of the Institute of Jazz Studies
David Sager, Curator for the National Jukebox, Library of Congress
Additional leadership is being enlisted nationally as well as in the Quad City area. Further announcements will be made during the Festival in August.
The Bix Museum and Archives is a tax exempt 501(C)(3) organization and is an offshoot of the Bix Society. There are various naming opportunities for donors in the Museum. If you or anyone you know would like to aid this project in any way, or would like further information, please contact Howard at 563-343-9606 or Mailboxparceldepot@mchsi.com.
The target date for opening of the Bix Museum is the 2017 Bix Festival.
Bix Beiderbecke Piano Located and Acquired
The piano that legendary jazz musician and composer Bix Beiderbecke purchased for his apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, New York just prior to his death in August, 1931, has been located and acquired by Dr. Albert Haim. The piano, which is in excellent condition, is the only one that Bix purchased himself. Dr. Haim, professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is the founder of an internet site, http://bixbeiderbecke.com and is an advisor to the Board of a proposed Bix Museum to be located at the River Music Experience in downtown Davenport, Iowa.
Dr. Haim’s quest for the piano, a 1931 Wurlitzer Baby Grand, began early in 2012 with the help of Christopher Barry, an Assignment Editor for ABC news radio, and a jazz historian. The search covered the route of the piano through five different owners. It was purchased by Dr. Haim from its last owner in November 2012 and is currently in storage in Long Island New York. It has been shipped to Davenport at the end of July and was part of the 42nd annual Bix Jazz Festival, August 1 - 4.
Dr. Haim has indicated that it is his intent to loan the piano to the proposed Bix Museum at the River Music Experience. Plans are underway to raise the necessary funds for a boutique Bix Museum to be located off the Main Street entrance of the RME. Complete plans for the Museum will be announced at a later date.
A comprehensive article by Dr. Haim and Christopher Barry about Bix’s piano has been published in the Journal of Jazz Studies and appeared in the Fall 2013 issue.
Funding for this website was generously provided by a grant from the Riverboat Development Authority.
Bix Beiderbecke Museum & Archive
PO Box 3052, Davenport IA 52808 | Mailboxparceldepot@mchsi.com