Music: Good Tunes from an Old Violin

At 87, Alberta Hunter is better than ever

When she made her debut as a singer, she was, in a word—her own word—"lousy." But that was at the beginning of the century. Teddy Roosevelt was in the White House, Edward VII was King and she was ten or so. In the years since then, Alberta Hunter's voice has got better, and better and better still. Two weeks ago, when she started a four-month stand at Greenwich Village's jazz club the Cookery, it may have been the best ever. Or, as she puts it in Workin'...

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