The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival is an annual tribute to Bix Beiderbecke. He is a famed jazz cornetist, pianist, and composer. The Bix Jazz Festival is (normally) held in Davenport, Iowa, Bix’s hometown.
It is one of the largest jazz festival in the United States, held the first weekend of August. The music goes on from (roughly) noon to 11 p.m.
BIX JAZZ FESTIVAL
This to commemorate the anniversary of Bix’s passing on August 6, 1931. The musical performances are held in downtown Davenport.
Additional events include a Saturday morning tribute at Oakdale Memorial Cemetery.
Jazz is played over Bix’s grave in the Beiderbecke family plot. This event draws huge crowds annually.
Also, on Sunday morning, a jazz liturgy is held at the First Presbyterian Church in Davenport.
The church was the Beiderbecke family’s home church. Bix’s mother, Agatha, was the church organist. A band from the Bix Jazz Festival performs at this event.
On the Sunday evening of the Bix weekend, there is an ‘Afterglow’ event. Four bands are scheduled to perform at this event.
It all began in 1971 when Bill Donahoe’s Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Band traveled to Davenport with the. They played music at Bix’s grave on the 40th anniversary of his death.
Rhythm City Casino Resort
The 2017 Bix Festival has a new location! The brand new Rhythm City Casino Resort in north Davenport has a great room (“Event Center”) for our concerts, 3 restaurants, free parking (including valet), and is our host hotel and a major sponsor.
It is also very close to many shopping & other dining options.
You can make reservations at the RCCR by calling 1-844-852-4386 or 563-328-8000 and ask for the “Bix Fest group rate,” which can be as low as $109/night. Concert ticket prices coming shortly.
300 volunteers perform the vast array of tasks required to stage the Bix Jazz Festival. More are always needed. You can reach us at (563) 324-7170 if you’d like to help.
Putting on an annual festival of this size tremendously expensive. Regrettably, ticket fees alone cannot begin to sustain it.
The continued success of Bix Jazz Festival is dependent upon grants, sponsors, and donations. No matter the number, large or small, the Bix Jazz Festival offers a big THANK YOU!