Robert Herridge

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Robert Herridge
Born Robert Herridge
(1914-01-12)January 12, 1914
New Jersey, U.S.
Died August 14, 1981(1981-08-14) (aged 67)
Woodstock, New York, U.S.
Occupation Poet, short story writer, television writer and producer
Years active 1939–1981


Robert Herridge (January 12, 1914 - August 14, 1981),[1] was a television producer and writer who created the CBS television program Camera Three, among more than 1,700 hours of TV programming, beginning in 1950.[1]

Herridge also served as a writer for the Studio One television series in 1948.[citation needed]

He produced one of the first American network television shows specifically about jazz, the one-hour "The Sound of Jazz", a December 8, 1957 edition of the CBS television series Seven Lively Arts.[2] "The Sound of Jazz" was essentially a broadcast jam session including many luminaries of jazz, such as Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Thelonious Monk, Milt Hinton, and Billie Holiday.

Herridge produced and hosted The Robert Herridge Theater, a half-hour dramatic anthology that ran in syndication circa 1959-1960[3] or in 1961[4] (sources vary), primarily on educational television stations.[4] One edition, "The Sound of Miles Davis", which Herridge referred to onscreen as "a story told in the language of music", consisted of an April 2, 1959, jazz concert by Davis, John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and the Gil Evans Orchestra at CBS TV's Studio 61. It aired July 21, 1960.[5][6]

Herridge died of a heart attack at his home in Woodstock, New York.[1]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fraser, C. Gerald. "Robert Herridge, TV Producer" (obituary), The New York Times, August 17, 1981, Section B, Page 15, Column 4
  2. ^ Gould, Jack. Review, The New York Times, December 9, 1957, p. 55
  3. ^ As per the July 30, 2009, WNET rerun of the installment "The Sound of Miles Davis", which refers to the program being "not seen for 50 years" and is copyright 1959 CBS Films; and per Miles Ahead Website: Miles Ahead Session Details, which gives the original date of the session as April 2, 1959, and the airdate of the episode as July 21, 1960
  4. ^ a b McNeil, Alex. Total Television, fourth edition. (Penguin Books, 1997), p. 700. ISBN 0-14-026737-9, ISBN 978-0-14-026737-2. NOTE: Though listed here as "Robert Herridge Theatre", with no "The" and with the last word spelled "Theatre", the title onscreen as per the WNET rerun noted above shows the title The Robert Herridge Theater.
  5. ^ Miles Ahead Website: Miles Ahead Session Details
  6. ^ WLIW: "Rare 1959 TV Appearance by Jazz Legend in Honor of Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary"

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