Jazz society pays tribute to Bix and Spiegle

The Jazz Appreciation Society of Syracuse will host a jam session in observation of the birthdays of Bix Beiderbecke and Spiegle Willcox, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at McNamara's Pub, 5600 Newport Road, in Camillus. Food and legal beverages will be available for sale at the bar. Admission is free.

Beiderbecke, the ill-fated cornetist from Iowa, was born March 10, 1903. Willcox, the long-lived trombonist from Cortland, was born May 2, 1903. In the mid-1920s Bix and Spiegle both played in the brass section of the legendary Jean Goldkette Orchestra.

Biederbecke is best known for such tunes as "In a Mist" and "Riverboat Shuffle," while Willcox's theme song was "Poor Butterfly."

Musicians and vocalists are all invited to participate in the April 13 JASS jam. Performers should check in at the door with JASS Vice President Burt Dunlap. JASS has hired a rhythm section for the session: Dick Sheridan on banjo, Woody Peters playing tuba and cornet, and Dick Howard on drums.

For JASS information, call 652-0547. For McNamara's information, call 672-8872.

JASS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional jazz.

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