Music: Newport in New York

A New York City ferryboat became a Mississippi stern-wheeler for a day —tootling its way up the Hudson River to the infectious quicksteps of three Dixieland jazz bands. A ballroom at the Commodore Hotel seemed to go through a time warp to the 1930s, as kids in jeans and matrons in long gowns bobbed, swayed and shuffled to the strains of Count Basic and Sy Oliver.

Giving the cleaning ladies the night off, Radio City Music Hall opened its doors at midnight for a four-hour jam session that saw Ben Webster, Zoot Sims, and...

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