Statewide: Remembering jazz pioneer Bix Beiderbecke
Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke died in 1931. He was only 28 years old. Yet, his musical influence is still felt today. And in his hometown of Davenport, his name remains prominent. There is a jazz festival, road race and a museum.
We talk with the director about why some view Beiderbecke as one of the greats, yet he remains largely unknown today. (Interview begins at 17:30).
Listen to this week's Statewide.
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* Peter Medlin explains what's fueling the growth of esports at Northern Illinois University.
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* Sean Crawford speaks with Nathaniel Kraft, Director of the Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive in Davenport, Iowa.
* Jonathon Ahl with Harvest Public Media reports on state fairs hoping for a return to pre-pandemic attendance.
* Jonathon Wright takes us to one of the quietest places in Illinois - testing grounds for Caterpillar equipment.
* Reporter Charlotte West with Open Campus explains the story of a man who has served 26 years in prison. He wants out to attend a PhD program.