January 12, 1914
New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||August 14, 1981
Woodstock, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Poet, short story writer, television writer and producer|
Robert Herridge (January 12, 1914 - August 14, 1981), 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.
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. "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 or in 1961 (sources vary), primarily on educational television stations. 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.
- Fraser, C. Gerald. "Robert Herridge, TV Producer" (obituary), The New York Times, August 17, 1981, Section B, Page 15, Column 4
- Gould, Jack. Review, The New York Times, December 9, 1957, p. 55
- 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
- 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.
- Miles Ahead Website: Miles Ahead Session Details
- WLIW: "Rare 1959 TV Appearance by Jazz Legend in Honor of Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary"
- Herridge, Robert. "Vision with Commentary". Poetry Magazine. May 1939. pp. 84-85
- TV Key staff. "TV Key: "Steinbeck Story on 'Studio One'". The Milwaukee Sentinel. June 11, 1956.
- United Press. "Jazz Featured Tomorrow in 'Lively Arts' TV Series". The Oxnard Press-Courier. December 7, 1957.
- Crosby, John. "Robert Herridge, Man With Ideas". The Charleston News and Courier. March 3, 1959.
- Dube, Bernard. "Dial Turns: Herridge Theatre Play Provokes Complaints". The Montreal Gazette. July 26, 1960.
- "Herridge Produces Workshop". The Montreal Gazette. November 19, 1960.
- Hughes, Alice. "A Woman's New York". The Reading Eagle. December 23, 1960
- Hentoff, Nat. "Huckleberry Dracula Jazz, And Public TV: A familiar of Miles Davis and Dostoevski, Robert Herridge was a true television original; is there a place for him now?". The Village Voice. July 31, 1978.
- Hentoff, Nat (2001). "A TV Exclusive! The Passion of Huckleberry Dracula". The Nat Hentoff Reader. New York: Da Capo Press. pp. 153–161. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.