Jazz: The Grand Old Man

Cutty and Zutty were there. So were Peanuts, Woody, Yank, Wingy, Red, Pee Wee and Willie the Lion.* Sammy Davis Jr. was supposed to come, but he pleaded "fatigue" at the last minute and didn't show. Just as well: he would have seemed out of place at this reunion of jazz's elder statesmen, come to celebrate one of their own.

They called it "A Salute to Eddie Condon," the famed, feisty guitarist who has reigned for some 25 years as public defender of "old style" Dixieland. Staged at midnight in Manhattan's Carnegie...

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