Nov. 5, 1961 - Scheduled to open this week in local theatres is “Paris Blues,” a drama with music. Martin Ritt directed the United Artists release. Sidney Poitier plays expatriate jazz saxophonist Eddie Cook, and Paul Newman portrays trombone-playing Ram Bowen. The two men romance two vacationing American tourists, Connie Lampson (Diahann Carroll) and Lillian Corning (Joanne Woodward). The film deals with American racial issues contrasted with Paris's open acceptance of Negro
Oct. 11, 1961 - Dizzy Gillespie (pictured), the jazz trumpeter, charged today that he had been denied access to a swimming pool in a hotel in Kansas City, Mo., because he was a Negro. He said he was investigating the possibility of court action. “I have been given the runaround on this thing,” Mr. Gillespie said. The 43-year-old musician was in the news last week when he was told he could not play in New Orleans because his group included an Argentine pianist, Lalo Schifrin.
Oct. 7, 1961 - A concert by Dizzy Gillespie (left) and his band at Tulane University in New Orleans on Tuesday has been canceled because he has a white piano player among the five Negro musicians. The player is Lalo Schifrin (right), a native of Argentina who has been with Mr. Gillespie for a year. A spokesman for the university said Mr. Gillespie's appearance was called off because of a state law prohibiting integrated performances. Mr. Gillespie said in Kansas City, where h