THE CAPITAL: Perish the Thought

Washington's Constitution Hall, owned by the deeply dignified Daughters of the American Revolution, was getting more exclusive all the time. When famed Jazzman Eddie Condon tried to book his band into the hall, the manager threw up his hands in horror. Wrote he: "One of our restrictions prevents us playing jazz bands . . . because of the type of audience which attends .and which in some cases may be very destructive."

Snorted Condon: "D.A.R. must mean Don't Allow Roughnecks. Un-American? Well, we don't strum Viennese waltzes; our stuff is as American as popcorn. Haven't those women ever heard of...

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