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At Tanglewood, a dazzling array of jazz talent

LENOX -- This year's Tanglewood Jazz Festival seemed carefully calibrated to appeal to each of several distinct jazz tastes. From the Latin jazz that officially opened the festival Friday night to the swinging pop perfection of Tony Bennett on Saturday -- his fee, Bennett announced, would be donated to help victims of Hurricane Katrina -- to yesterday's instrumental pyrotechnics of saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins and the festival-closing double bill of fusion and smooth jazz, there was something to please just about everyone.

The festival, which drew nearly 19,000 fans, officially got underway with a hot set from the Caribbean Jazz Project featuring vibraphonist Dave Samuels, highlighted by the group's Latinization of Oliver Nelson's classic ''Stolen Moments." Diane Schuur then joined the band onstage and let her 3 1/2-octave vocal range loose on tunes from their joint album, ''Schuur Fire," by composers including Berkshires resident James Taylor (''Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight") and Stevie Wonder (''As").

Harmonica legend Toots Thielemans was up next, joined by Kenny Werner on piano, ''Schuur Fire" arranger-producer Oscar Castro-Neves on guitar, and Airto Moreira on drums and percussion. The addition of Castro-Neves and Moreira seemed to energize Thielemans and Werner.

These four masters played a splendid set that included covers of Michel Legrand, Antonio Carlos Jobim (Castro-Neves sang Jobim's ''Waters of March"), and ''God Bless America." Musician's musician Werner played a brilliant set, mostly (and mercifully) ignoring the synthesizer atop his Steinway grand.

A noon concert by the Legends Trio -- Skitch Henderson, piano; Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar; Jay Leonhart, bass -- opened Saturday's events, and was followed by another legend, Marian McPartland, taping an episode of her show ''Piano Jazz" with guest Madeleine Peyroux. Besides some good music, the audience heard McPart-land read several takes of the ''beastly" announcements she's obliged to read on air. There were also two takes of Peyroux and McPartland performing ''Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" together, though oddly enough neither time was the devastation in that city mentioned.

The Count Basie Orchestra opened for Bennett later that night, Basie vet Bill Hughes directing and the dreadlocked Tony Suggs providing an approximation of the late Basie's minimalist piano. Then Bennett brought out his crack rhythm section -- Lee Muskier, piano; Gary Sargent, guitar; Paul Langosch, bass; Harold Jones, drums -- and, joined by the Basie horns, conjured up those halcyon days when jazz and pop music were one and the same.

Bennett belted his way through so many tunes in such crisp succession it appeared he might empty the Great American Songbook. Highlights included ''I'll Be Seeing You," a series of three tunes by Duke Ellington, and the inevitable ''I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Bennett also paused midway through the set to tell the crowd of 6,800, ''I'd like to tell you that I'm not working for money tonight, because I'm giving it to those fellows down South."

Sonny Rollins, in especially fine form, commandeered most of his sextet's soloing yesterday afternoon. He sparkled on a tour de force run through Irving Berlin's ''They Say Falling in Love Is Wonderful," working that melody inside and out over and over to smiles from his band and a standing ovation from the audience.

Rollins closed his superlative set with ''Without a Song," then was coaxed back onstage by another standing ovation for an encore ballad. All that was left then was for the fusion group Yellowjackets and contemporary-jazz trumpeter Chris Botti to wrap things up with their festival-closing double bill.

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