DAVENPORT — Local musician Josh Duffee has long been a scholar of area legends like Louie Bellson and Bix Beiderbecke, and now he’s sharing his encyclopedic knowledge with a new online show, Bix Beiderbecke: A Driving Tour Around Davenport, taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday on Josh’s Facebook Live.

“When I have the opportunity to travel the country and the world performing the music I love, I am proud to say that my family and I live in Davenport, Iowa, the hometown of Bix Beiderbecke!” Josh said. “The one thing I’ve heard the most from the audience members coming up to say hello is “I really want to get to Davenport to see all the Bix sites.”

“To kick-off my weekly online event series, I’m ready to help bring Bix Beiderbecke into the homes all over the world by driving around Davenport visiting various sites associated with Bix Beiderbecke.
If you have never seen the sites before, please make sure you don’t miss this great opportunity!

“This will never replace visiting the sites in-person, but hopefully make you even more excited to make plans to come to Davenport and see them for yourself. The perfect time to come would be during the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, taking place July 30th-August 1st this year, when Bix fans from all over the world come to Davenport to celebrate his life and music.

“We will NOT be visiting the Bix Museum during the tour. Please make sure to plan on spending a few hours at the River Music Experience going through the Bix Exhibits when you plan your visit.

“I will be accepting virtual tips for my online programs if you feel like donating. All your donations are greatly appreciated, and will be using them towards upcoming repairs on our home due to our basement flooding last week. You can make a virtual tip/donation at any of these accounts:

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/virtual-musicians-tip-jar-duffee-family

PayPal: Paypal.me/joshuaduffee1

Venmo: @joshduffee1926

“I will announce a new event about a week before it takes place so you can plan on watching and being a part of the event! We will follow any questions coming our way while we’re broadcasting Live, and will do our best to either respond back to them during or after the event is over.

“Please share this event with as many people you know who have always wanted to see the Bix Sites! This is the PERFECT time for them to finally see them!

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Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.