Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931) died at 28, but not without leaving his mark on jazz and popular music. One of the most tragic figures in early jazz, Bix was also one of the most important. His all-too-short legacy is often overlooked in favor of artists whose lives were longer, richer, and ultimately, more successful. Louis Armstrong once said “Lots of cats tried to play like Bix; ain’t none of them play like him yet.”

Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.