QUEENS — Break out the flapper dresses and get ready to Lindy Hop — the annual Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Concert returns to Sunnyside on Saturday.
The music fest is held each year in honor of Bix Beiderbecke, an influential jazz pianist, cornetist and composer who spent the end of his life in Sunnyside.
This year's event is based around a roaring '20s theme, and will featuring Lindy Hop lessons from the dance troupe The Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, a 1920s costume contest and a free photo booth.
Jazz musicians will perform all day under the iconic Sunnyside Arch on 46th Street, which will be closed to traffic.
Beiderbecke was a well-known jazz musician who moved to Sunnyside at the very end of his life. He died in 1931 in an apartment at 43-30 46th St., at the age of 28, of pneumonia complicated by alcoholism, according to the New York Times.
The Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival is part of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District's Summer Strolls series, which close off 46th Street for community events on three Saturdays this summer.
On Aug. 10, the BID will host a day of art activities with the Queens Museum of Art, the La Guardia Community College art department, and the Sunnyside Ballet Studio.
Editor's Note: The Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Concert will take place in Sunnyside on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. on 46th Street between Greenpoint Avenue and Queens Boulevard. Lindy Hop lessons will take place at 1:30 p.m., and the 1920s costume contest will take place at 3:45 p.m.