Music: Jazz, by George

"Jazz is a minority music and always will be. It just is not popular music." With that said, Promoter George Wein went out last week and did his best to prove himself wrong−by putting on the largest jazz festival ever staged anywhere.

Manhattan's Philharmonic Hall was crammed as Pianist Earl ("Fatha") Hines, Singer Mabel Mercer, Saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and other interpreters jazzed the songs of composers like George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Aboard the good ship Kennedy, freed for the day from its normal duties as a Staten Island ferry for a toot up the Hudson River, traditional-jazz buffs pressed shoulder to...

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