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BIX: "ain't none of them play like him yet"

Directed by Brigitte Berman

Release: 1981
Runtime: 116
Country: Canada
Language: English
Director: Brigitte Berman
Writer: Brigitte Berman, Val Ross
Producer: Brigitte Berman

Cornetist / pianist / composer Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke (1903-1931) was jazz's man who got away - the James Dean, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain of his day. Born in Davenport, Iowa into an upper middle-class family, Beiderbecke became a legend even in his short lifetime, bringing an amazing new energy and unprecedented maturity to the music and influencing generations of musicians. After a bout battling alcoholism, Bix died in Sunnyside, Queens on August 6, 1931. The cause of death was lobar pneumonia. He was 28. 

Using archival photographs and rare footage (including the three sole momentary fragments capturing Bix on film) and interviews with friends and colleagues (including jazz greats Hoagy Carmichael, Doc Cheatham, Artie Shaw, et al.), Oscar® winner Brigitte Berman's acclaimed documentary paints a vivid portrait of a vanished era and brings to life the only cornetist Louis Armstrong regarded as an equal (the quotation in the film's title was once spoken by Armstrong).

New restoration by Oren Edenson with fully remastered soundtrack by Daniel Pellerin.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Color: Color, Black & White


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AFI Silver Silver Spring 1653019200May 20 - May 26, 2022
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1649995200April 15 - April 17, 2022
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Metrograph New York 1643778000February 2 - February 19, 2022
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Time & Space Limited Hudson 1645246800February 19 - February 26, 2022
Winnipeg Cinematheque Winnipeg 1654315200June 4 - June 10, 2022