(March 10, 1903 – August 6, 1931)
Much has been written about Bix Beiderbecke's life as the real-life model of an F. Scott Fitzgerald character. Many writers have used his lifestyle as a symbol of the Jazz Age of the Roaring 20’s. These comparisons have not given enough credit to his contributions in jazz music. Leon Bix Beiderbecke was the first and most influential white jazz musician of the 1920'x. His legato and lyric .style was an interesting antithesis to the prevailing style of the time as exemplified by King Oliver and. Louis Armstrong. Beiderbecke's style also had a major influence en many jazz musicians such as Jimmy McPartland, Rex Stewart, and Lester Young.