Music: Symphonic Jam Session

As the members of the San Diego Symphony filed onstage for the second half of their concert at the Balboa Park Bowl last week, they were impeccably dressed in black dinner jackets and black formals. But among them suddenly appeared four raffish young men in beige sports jackets and striped ties. They were the Dave Brubeck Jazz Quartet, there to perform in Howard Brubeck's Dialogues for Combo and Orchestra. It was the first time that a jazz group improvised in a concert with a symphony orchestra.

To jazzmen used to going "way out" on free-swinging improvisations, much of modern symphonic music has...

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