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December 14, 2006

The existential question of the week: Can Woody Allen really play the clarinet? And the answer is "yes." His dedication to the New Orleans clarinet playing typified by the likes of Johnny Dodds and Buster Bailey, combined with a natural affinity for the instrument, has resulted in an engaging, authentic jazz style. No joke. When Woody has a clarinet in his hands, he's the real deal.

Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, Royce Hall, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. 8 p.m. Saturday. $60 to $125. (310) 825-2101.

* Also 8 p.m. Monday at Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787.

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