Jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler was brilliant, radical and disturbing - so disturbing that the BBC destroyed the only film footage of him playing without ever transmitting it.
An alternative scene was beginning to develop, based in the storefront clubs and coffee houses of the West Village and the Lower East Side.
"This was a time," the singer and composer Annette Peacock remembered, "of serious people working alone in their lofts, dedicated to personal expression.
Curiously, he was also a local junior golf champion at a time when the sport was generally closed to blacks.
An apprenticeship in local bands led to invitations to go on tour during the school holidays with Little Walter Jacobs, the blues harmonica-player, and the singer Lloyd Price.
I 2016 var hun deltaker i TVNorge-serien «71 Grader Nord», og hun har også fått bryne seg i TV-seriene «Masterchef» og «4-stjerners middag».
Skjønnheten kom også på andreplass i «Skal vi Danse» i 2010.
So extreme was Ayler's playing that, while the music of the volcanic Charles Mingus, a near-contemporary, is now considered safe enough for use in a TV ad for credit cards, nothing of what Ayler did has been absorbed into the popular mainstream.
Much to his own surprise, since he saw his music as a logical evolution of jazz's essential qualities, Ayler became the victim of a sort of critical witch-hunt, a symbol of the avant-garde heresy.
Ayler joined them, forming a liaison that, once they had returned to New York, resulted in the first published notice of his playing.
Le Roi Jones, the black poet and political activist later known as Amiri Baraka, was already waging a campaign on behalf of the new wave in the pages of Down Beat magazine when, in the edition of February 27, 1964, he reviewed a New Year's Eve concert at Lincoln Centre featuring Coltrane's quartet, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and the Cecil Taylor Jazz Unit.
Før Robbestad, fra 20, var 33-åringen sammen med legen Ozam Øzerk.