Music: Semaine Americaine

The Riviera had been rocked by U.S. jazz when Louis Armstrong and his cats took over at Nice's Jazz Festival a year ago (TIME, March 8, 1948). Last week, in Cannes' red plush little Casino theater, the gold plush Riviera set got to hear what longer-haired U.S. musicians were up to.

Casino audiences, with Denmark's Queen Alexandrine, Britain's Lord Mountbatten and France's Maurice Chevalier, among others, floating in & out, had first heard a week of French music, a week of Italian music, and an English week. For the semaine americaine, slim, nervous Conductor Jascha Horenstein was having his troubles.

Horns & Hats....

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