This month composer and jazz musician Ornette Coleman celebrates his 70th birthday. We’ll hear from him and his son Denardo Coleman. In 1959 Coleman changed the course of jazz with the start of "free jazz" and the formation of The Ornette Coleman Quartet. We will also hear from members of Coleman’s original Quartet: bassist Charlie Haden and the late trumpeter Don Cherry. REBROADCAST from 7/11/9 (from interviews aired: 11/26/1985, 9/12/1990, and 10/24/1995)
Novelist Richard Price is the author of “Freedomland” and “Clockers” which was made into a movie. He’s also the screenwriter for the films "Sea of Love," "Ransom," and "The Color of Money." (REBROADCAST from 1986)
We remember Quentin Crisp, who died last Sunday at the age of 90. Crisp became a cult figure after the publication of his autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant. He came out of the closet in his native London in 1931, when homosexuality was very clandestine. His flamboyant and exhibitionist style often made him the object of ridicule and violence. Crisp moved to New York at the age of 72. (Rebroadcast from 1/21/1986)
We remember crime novelist George V. Higgins. He was found dead at his home on Saturday, apparently of natural causes. He was 59. He was best known for his best seller, "Friends of Eddie Coyle," published in 1972. (REBROADCAST from 9/30/1986)
Cynthia Lennon was the first wife of Beatle musician John Lennon. Terry talked with Cynthia in 1985. . She wrote a book about her years with Lennon in 1978 called "A Twist of Lennon." They met in art school in 1957 and were married in 1962. During the years John toured the world, as a member of the most popular rock group in history, Cynthia was at home raising their son Julian. Cynthia and John Lennon divorced in 1968 after John fell in love with Yoko Ono. John Lennon was killed 12 years later.
Choreographer and dancer Merce Cunnigham. He's been called "one of the great iconoclasts in 20th-century art." He revolutionized modern dance, pioneering abstract movement with his music director John Cage. This week the Lincoln Center in New York City is honoring him. (REBROADCAST FROM 12/17/1985).
Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn and director/actor Andre Gregory co-wrote and co-starred in the 1981 film, "My Dinner with Andre." The film is currently being revived on a five-city swing in the "Classically Independent Film Festival" by the Independent Feature Project. It was shown in New York and will have future screenings Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Minneapolis.
Cy Coleman is one of Broadway's outstanding composers. He's written the scores for many Broadway musicals, including "Little Me," "Sweet Charity," "I Love My Wife," and "Barnum." Some of Coleman's most popular songs include "Witchcraft," "The Best Is Yet To Come," and "Hey Look Me Over." A benefit performance of Sweet Charity will be staged Monday, June 15th at Lincoln Center in New York. A new CD, "An Evening with Dorothy Fields," (DRG Records) features Coleman in a special guest appearance.
Singer and pianist Bobby Short. This year marks his 30th-Anniversary performing at New York's Cafe Carlyle. Telarc records has just put out a CD called "Bobby Short and His Orchestra Celebrating 30 Years at the Cafe Carlyle. Short has appeared as himself in several movies including Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters". (Originally aired 10/1/85)
Songwriter Sammy Cahn also wrote many of the songs that Frank Sinatra recorded, including Come Fly With Me, Teach Me Tonight and High Hopes. He also wrote the scores for many Broadway shows including Walking Happy and Skyscraper, and for the movies Come Blow Your Horn, Robin and the Seven Hoods, and A Pocketful of Miracles. Cahn died in 1993 at the age of 79. (Originally aired 7/23/1985)