Music: Hot from New Orleans

The most consistently popular jazz in the U.S. is played neither by the young men with beards nor by the aging heroes of early jazz mythology. Instead, it is pumped and pounded out by Dixieland outfits—Turk Murphy's Band, the Salt City Six, Bob Scobey's Frisco Band—which draw nostalgic fans to hear new crackling arrangements of old fancies. Last week the Dukes of Dixieland, slickest and most successful of latter-day Dixieland groups, were shaking the walls and the waiters at Manhattan's Roundtable.

The Dukes are headed by two brothers from New Orleans: Frank and Fred Assunto. Trumpeter Frank, 28, and Trombonist Fred, 30,...

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