Musician Hero: Bix Beiderbecke - Copenhagen

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Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s, a cornet player noted for an inventive lyrical approach and purity of tone, with such clarity of sound that one contemporary famously described it like "shooting bullets at a bell".

Duncan Schiedt's book, "The Jazz State of Indiana", tells the tale. "Copenhagen" was composed by Indianapolis band leader Charlie Davis. The Wolverines were in town looking for work, heard the Davis band play it, and asked if they could record it. Davis agreed. The Davis band's Sousaphone player, Ole Olsen, came up with the title. Copenhagen was Ole's brand of snuff.

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