Jazz Man

Louis Armstrong before he was Satchmo? A youthful Ella? For photographs of musicians great or obscure, just about everyone turns to Frank Driggs

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A sideman puts down his horn and sings “When I Take My Sugar to Tea” in careful measures, uncannily evoking the reedy tones of an early 78. The saxophonist launches into his eightbar apotheosis, the high-hat does its stutter-step, and Driggs and Peyser hold hands through “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.” They sit in the front, close to the bandstand, and as long as they don’t look behind them, they can ignore the fact that hardly anyone else is in the room.


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