Music: Harry & the Muse

Harry Dichter is a waiter at Philadelphia's Ambassador Vegetarian and Dairy Restaurant (pickled herring, lox salad, borsch, carp). The customers know that he is fast, polite and can instantly memorize a complicated order without making a mishmash out of it. What many do not know is that Harry, at 53, is also a man of music. He is one of the top collectors and publishers of American music in the U.S., although, as he admits, "I can't read or play a note."

The Browser. Dichter was born in Russia and moved with his family to...

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