64 features the never-before-released recording of Duke Ellington
performing Night Creature with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
on August 6, 1964. The Ellington music sort of found us, explains
Chirs Christopher, producer of July 64. While working on
another project in Washington, D.C., she and July 64 director
Carvin Eison went to the Smithsonian, where an exhibit featuring Duke
Ellington had just opened up. The exhibit featured a touring schedule
from 1964 and we found that Ellington had been in Rochester just two weeks
after the riots. We contacted the Eastman School of Music and they were
generous enough to let us use the recording for the documentary.
Creature is used courtesy of the Sibley Music Library Special Collections,
University of Rochester Eastman School of Music.
Ellingtons Night Creature was performed in the 1964 Arrangers
Holiday, Eastman School of Music, copyright the Eastman School of Music.
Recording provided courtesy of the Eastman School of Music, University
of Rochester. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc.
footage came from WROC, WHEC and the CBS national archive that is owned
by the BBC. Excerpts from extraordinary films made by Baden Street Settlement
and RG&E that show dramatically contrasting views of Rochester in
the early '60s were also used. RNews contributed more contemporary footage.
Special thanks to Dave Appel at WROC, Rob Vandenberg at WHEC and Gary
Turner at RNews.
The documentary also includes archival photos from the University of Rochester Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, the Democrat and Chronicle and the City of Rochester. Also included are some great photographs taken by Rochester photographer Paul Hoeffler.
Dr. Walter Cooper
Minister Franklin Florence
David F. Gantt
William A. Johnson, Jr.
Dr. James Turner
Rev. Dr. Arthur Whitaker
is narrated by Emmy-award winning, Oscar-nominated actor Roscoe Lee Browne.
Mr. Browne launched his theatre career with the inaugural season of The
New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. Since then, off and on
Broadway, and in theatre festivals throughout the United States and Europe,
he has appeared in plays from Shakespeare, Shaw, Genet, Brecht, Giraudoux,
Kaufman, Lowell, Sartre, Albee et al, to the contemporary masters -- the
Nobel laureate, Derek Walcott, the Pulitzer Prize winner, August Wilson
and the MacArthur Award winner, Lee Breuer (The Gospel at Colonus).
Mr. Browne has appeared in four of Mr. Walcotts works ( Dream
On Monkey Mountain, Panto, Remembrance and The Odyssey).
For his performance of Makak in Dream..., he received the
L.A. Drama Critics Award for Best Actor. He has appeared in two of Mr.
Wilsons works (Joe Turners Come And Gone and Two
Trains Running). For his Bynum in Joe Turner..., once again,
the LA Drama Critics Award. For his Holloway in Trains...,
a Tony nomination and the Helen Hayes Award for distinguished work in
with the Shakespeare Festival (he spent seven seasons there) Mr. Browne
created and directed A Hand Is On The Gate, a chronicle and celebration
of the African American experience, in poetry and song. His actors for
the evening were himself, Gloria Foster, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson,
Moses Gunn, Ellen Holly, Leon Bibb and Josephine Premice. The true stars
of the evening, however, were all the unsung African American poets. The
evening was hailed and moved on to Broadway and an enduring acclaim.
Mr. Brownes extensive work in television includes the role of Frederick Douglass in Steve Allens Meeting of Minds and guest appearances on Barney Miller (Emmy nomination), A Different World, Falcon Crest (Emmy nomination), The Cosby Show (Emmy Award), Law & Order, Seaquest, Spiderman (Emmy nomination), N.Y. Undercover and the new Cosby. Mr. Brownes films include Wylers The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones (title role), Rydells The Cowboys (Western Heritage Award), Glenvilles The Comedians, Poitiers Uptown Saturday Night, Hitchcocks Topaz, Glimchers Mambo Kings, Millers Babe II: Pig, in the City and Noonans Oscar nominated Babe (narrator). He is also the narrator of Heyerdahls Oscar nominee, The Ra Expeditions and as a speaker in various symphonic works, he has appeared with the Boston Pops, L.A. Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and with the St. Louis, Pittsburgh and New Orleans Symphonies. Annually with Anthony Zerbe, he tours across the U.S. in their Behind The Broken Words.