Music: Rhapsody in Russia

Halfway through his six-week tour of Russia, Bandleader Benny Goodman blew into Leningrad last week and delivered his message—piping hot and groovy. The Leningrad crowd that surged forward to greet him at the opening concert shouting "Davai Benny"was by all odds the jazz-happiest crew the band had yet encountered. The only letdown came at what should have been a high point in the tour—the collaboration of Goodman and Pianist Byron Janis in a performance of Rhapsody in Blue.

Unable to agree on a date for the concert, the two had been bickering by phone as they followed their separate trajectories across the...

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