Music: Jazz at 5:30

It is about time that lovers of hot music had a chance to listen to it in comfortable seats, without getting sinus trouble, and free from the compulsion to get junky with cut whiskey at speakeasy prices.

So wrote an avid amateur jazz musician. Paul Smith, in a Manhattan jazz concert program note a month ago. Last week Manhattanites had their fourth chance of the season to hear jazz-authentic, impromptu jazz-in the plush seats of Town Hall.

On the stage were some of the greatest of jazz improvisers: gaunt, lean-fingered "Pee Wee" Russell, famed for...

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