2012 Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival Performers Announced Print
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Written by Heather Venema   
Friday, 18 May 2012 13:51
RDA announces $20,000 grant at festival 

Yesterday, May 15, 2012, the lineup was announced for the 41st annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, including artists from Florida, Texas and Michigan. Some of the performers include Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, Andy Schumm, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band, and the Dave Bennett Quartet. For a complete listing, visit http://www.bixsociety.org/bands.html.

In addition to announcing the Jazz Festival performers and events, the Memorial Society introduced a new scholarship opportunity for area schools. Individual scholarships will still be available to high school seniors, but the Society will begin awarding a $500 scholarship to the music department of a local school too. “Being a member of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Youth Band gave me the chance to become involved with the Jazz Society and learn about traditional jazz and its importance,” said Christina Hesse, a 2011 scholarship winner who is currently attending Western Illinois University.

During the announcement, a representative from the Riverboat Development Authority was present to share that a $20,000 grant had been awarded to the festival.

Some of the special events at this year’s Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival include a big band dance on Friday, the gravesite performance on Saturday, a jazz brunch on Sunday morning, and the closing Afterglow event on Sunday evening.  Part of this year’s performances will include Friday and Saturday night outdoor concerts in LeClaire Park.

“The rich history and tradition found here in Davenport are true treasures,” said Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba. “The Jazz Festival attracts jazz aficionados from around the world, and this year’s lineup will surely live up to expectations.” 

The 41st annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival will be held August 2-5, 2012, at the Adler Theater, the Mississippi Room of the RiverCenter, and at LeClaire Park in Davenport. By partnering with the City of Davenport, the performances at LeClaire Park on Friday and Saturday evening will be free, as they are considered part of the Summer Concert Series. Individual concert tickets, day passes and festival passes are available online at www.bixsociety.org


The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society was founded in 1972 to carry on the memory and music of Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke. The Society hosts annual events such as the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, in conjunction with jazz education programs to raise awareness about traditional jazz music.  

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