WINNERS OF THE WEEK
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.