"Davenport Blues" was recorded by Bix Beiderbecke and His Rhythm Jugglers at the Gennett studio on Monday, January 26, 1925, in Richmond, Indiana, and released as Gennett 5654 backed with "Toddlin' Blues" as the A side. The band consisted of Tommy Dorsey on trombone, Paul Madeira Mertz on piano, Don Murray on clarinet, Howdy Quicksell on banjo, Tom Gargano on drums, and Bix Beiderbecke on cornet. Hoagy Carmichael was present at the recording session. The title derives from the name of Bix Beiderbecke's hometown of Davenport, Iowa.
The instrumental is made up of a four bar introduction, a 16 bar verse followed by a 32 bar chorus, after which the verse and chorus are repeated with a 2 bar extended ending. The same melody is used for the verses, but both choruses have different melodies though nearly identical chords. Only on the last refrain of the chorus do we hear the melody which can be identified as "Davenport Blues". Both choruses end in different chord progressions. In the first chorus Bix plays breaks over chords.
- Miff Mole and His Molers, 1927, Okeh 40848
- Charleston Chasers under the direction of Red Nichols, 1927, Columbia 909D
- Adrian Rollini and His Orchestra, 1934, Decca 359
- Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra, 1938, Victor 26121B
- Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, 1938, Victor 26135
- Gil Evans, 1959, from the album Great Jazz Standards with Johnny Coles on trumpet
- Clare Fischer, 1963, from the album Surging Ahead
- Jack Teagarden
- Bobby Hackett
- Eddie Condon
- Yank Lawson and the V-Disc All Stars on V-Disc No. 404B, 1945.
- Scott Robinson
- Jimmy Lytell Pathe Actuelle 11557, Perfect 14956, Feb., 1928; Jazz Oracle, 2012
- Russ Freeman
- Barbara Sutton Curtis
- Dill Jones, 1972, from the album Davenport Blues
- Kenny Werner, 1977
- Ry Cooder, 1978, from the album Jazz
- Dutch Swing College Band
- Randy Sandke
- Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band
- Dice of Dixie Crew
- Dick Hyman
- Geoff Muldaur
- Patrick Artero, 2006
- Scandinavian Rhythm Boys, 2007
- Harry Gold and His Pieces of Eight
- Bix: Man and Legend by Richard M. Sudhalter & Philip R. Evens (Quartet; 1974).
- Bix: The Definitive Biography of a Jazz Legend by Jean Pierre Lion with the assistance of Gabriella Page-Fort, Michael B. Heckman and Norman Field (Continuum, New York / London; 2004).
- "Our Language." Episode 3, Jazz (television miniseries) by Ken Burns. (PBS Home Video/Warner Home Video; 2001).
- Red Hot Jazz.com
- dpl Quad City Memory
- Bix Beiderbecke Resources: A Bixography
- Bix Beiderbecke Resources: A Creative Aural History Thesis - A series of nineteen one-half-hour radio programs from 1971. Includes interviews with Frank Trumbauer, Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa, Eddie Condon, Bing Crosby and Bix' brother Charles "Burnie" Beiderbecke
- The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society, Davenport, Iowa
- "Davenport Blues" - An mp3 of Beiderbecke's first recording under his own name.
- Celebrating Bix - A tribute album created to commemorate the centenary of Bix's birth by some of the world's finest traditional jazz musicians.
- "Bixology" (an excerpt) by Brendan Wolfe, Jazz.com.
- Twelve Essential Bix Beiderbecke Performances by Brendan Wolfe, Jazz.com.
- Quad City Times Bix 7, Davenport, IA