Music: Der Jazz

The idea of a stolid German at a jam session seems at first glance as unlikely as an Irishman at a temperance meeting or a Laplander in the bull ring. Nevertheless. jazz (pronounced yahtz) has come to Germany in such a big way that the Germans are now recognized by many as Europe's most frenzied buffs. Last week the German jazz season was in full swing: thousands gathered in Berlin for the Amateur Jazz Festival, following a Frankfurt bash that made the U.S.'s Newport Festival seem like a Sunday musicale.

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