Let The Cd Jazz Festival Begin

Basie, Buddy, Miles, they're all here--plus the rising star

It has been nearly a century since the exacting rhythms of Scott Joplin's ragtime gave way to the languid swing that marked the birth of jazz. As it nears its 100th birthday, jazz is not one kind of music, but many. Music-store shelves are filled with thousands of jazz albums representing many styles and tastes. St. Nick himself, widely reputed to be an avid jazz fan, would have trouble picking out gifts, even with help from all those elves.

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