Bye bye Bix.
Bix drank himself to death of the screaming ab-dabs in August 1931, aged 28 years and five months. During Bix’s decline Tram had a living to make and recording contracts to fulfil – often, as here, without Bix.
Here’s a jolly 1930 Dancing Feet, arranged by Roy Bargy, with Eddie Lang on guitar driving it along.
And a Hob-friendly youtube of a rather lovely 1930 Bye Bye Blues, arranged by Adrian Rollini, again with Lang’s rhythm guitar prominent.
By ’31, things were getting tough for jazzmen – even the great Whiteman orchestra was finding it difficult to sell records in the teeth of the Great Depression. But Tram shines in his recording of one of Hoagy Carmichael’s finest – Georgia on My Mind.
and again in ’32 in this brisk version of Between the Devil …..
Tram could attract good players – here’s a bagatelle with T.
Let’s end this account of Tram and his oddball sax with this warhorse – a fine 1934 China Boy, again with T.