Music: The New Thrill

The music in the air at a cushiony East Side Manhattan nightclub last week was jazz all right—but subtle and discreet jazz. It was partly the instruments; there just isn't much blare in a guitar, bass fiddle and vibraphone. But it was mostly the sandy-haired man behind the "vibes." Oldtimer Red Norvo undoubtedly was, as Metronome said, "the new thrill."

Other oldtimers around town couldn't keep away. Benny Goodman, Eddie Condon ("What kind of a sophisticated place is this? I can't even send drinks to the bandstand") and even Red's exwife, Mildred (Rockin'...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!