Music: Patriarch's Wedding

By the time they got the bottles swept up in Antibes and Juan-les-Pins last week, it was magnificently evident: the marriage of Sidney Bechet, Negro patriarch of New Orleans jazz, to his new white wife had turned into the gaudiest rout on the Riviera since Rita Hayworth married Aly Khan.

Bechet ("I think I'm 60") and his bride, German-born Elizabeth Ziegler, 43, took their vows at the Antibes town hall. Then, while crowds along the way cheered and jitterbugged in the street, they rode in slow procession in an open carriage to Juan-les-Pins, two miles away, for the reception. Ten blaring jazz...

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