Recently I read the June 19th issue of “The Queens Chronicle.” I was overjoyed to read a nice article about my neighborhood Sunnyside. However, I was dismayed that Bix Beiderbecke was not listed as one of the famous people who had lived here. The music of Bix Beiderbecke has influenced, and continues to influence, many famous musicians the world over.
The legendary jazz cornet player, pianist and composer lived his last days in Sunnyside. He passed away at the young age of 29 on Aug. 6, 1931. He lived in an apartment at 43-30 Bliss St. (now known as 46th Street). A memorial plaque now decorates the building — as does one at the Sunnyside home of actress Judy Holiday, who was born and raised here.
Bix’s life and music have been celebrated for the past 14 years with an annual outdoor concert. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 7 p.m., under the Sunnyside Arch on 46th Street and Queens Boulevard. This is a free event, open to the public.
I would like to invite all your readers to come by and enjoy an afternoon and evening of great swing and Dixieland music, remembering Bix where he lived his last days.