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WINNERS OF THE WEEK

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After attracting the attention of some high-placed Democrats at the ’96 convention, the Chicago acid jazz band was asked to play the inaugural parade. No word on whether the Big Man is a fan — though if they ever need a sax player…

TREND OF THE WEEK

Cigars With Your CD

The cigar renaissance has infected the music industry. Smokin’ Jazz, a compilation including Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald, pays tribute to ”the time-honored synergy between cigar smokers and jazz aficionados,” while the press kit for the new CD by crooner Jack Jones comes with a stogie and mini-bottle of cognac.

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