Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
1601 River Drive, Suite 110
Moline, IL 61265
MUSEUM WEEK INFO COMING SOON
The Bix Museum is going to have a special performance by The Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Society’s Youth Combo on Saturday June 16th at Noon. The combo features trumpet, clarinet, tenor saxophone, trombone, piano, bass and drums under the direction of Steve Little. Stop in and enjoy the music! Free Admission!
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Address: 131 West 2nd Street, Davenport, IA (Inside the River Music Experience Lower Level)
The Bix Beiderbecke Museum & World Archives is a new museum with a comprehensive presentation of the life and music of Davenport Jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke. The museum is located in the lower level of the River Music Experience.
The new Bix Beiderbecke Museum is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free; donations accepted.
Displays appeal to adults and school-age children, as well as serious scholars and enthusiasts. They were designed by a consortium of leading Bix experts and Joseph Hines of Project Arts & Ideas, Dearborn, MI. The full story of Bix's brief but eventful life is presented in 10 sections.
The cornerstone of the Museum and Archive is a collection of material from the Beiderbecke family that was acquired from Bix's great niece, Elizabeth Beiderbecke-Hart. These items include photos of Bix in his youth, letters he wrote to his family and documents from his early years in Davenport.
A centerpiece of the museum is the piano that Bix purchased for his apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, New York, only weeks before his death on August 6, 1931. It was located and acquired by Dr. Albert Haim. The piano, which is in excellent condition, is the only one that Bix ever bought himself.