To some extent Tram took Bix in hand. A good place to begin is with their successful small group recording, Singin’ the Blues(1927). Some people date the birth of “cool jazz” to this recording – it had a great influence on Lester Young, for instance.
Another 1927 cracker was their I’m coming Virginia. Tram should, I suppose, get credit not just for his own playing, but for what he got out of Bix.
Here’s a trio with Eddie Lang, also 1927. Bix shuns the cornet except for a late flourish – he’s on piano here.
Tram was, as you might guess, the main feature in the 1927 Trumbology.
In 1928 Bix’s health was breaking down through “inner conflicts” (delicate phrase) and alcoholism. In 1929 he and Tram finished recording together. Here are two tracks from that year, one for Hob and one for me – it’s not hard to guess which is which.
Next time: Tram and Bix together in the excellent Jean Goldkette orchestra, and in Paul Whiteman’s famous, high prestige outfit.