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October 22, 2001

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Indian honors

Country music star Crystal Gayle has been inducted into the Native American Music Awards hall of fame in Albuquerque, N.M.

"This is such an honor just being out here and being part of something that I feel so much a part of," she said Saturday at the fourth annual awards ceremony.

The Grammy and Country Music Award winner performed a new song called "Back when Times Were Good," which outlines the struggles of American Indians through history.

Gayle, who is part Cherokee, also performed "Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue," which earned her a Grammy.

Jazz history

Quincy Jones bristles at accusations he sold out when he moved from jazz to pop music.

"People young and old try to minimize you by saying, 'Well, Quincy's strongest suit is that he's got a strong telephone book,"' said Jones, who in a half-century career has played, arranged and produced music with some of pop's biggest names.

But he has paid his dues as a jazz trumpeter and a music arranger.

"Seven hundred miles a night for years. Traveling on that band bus. Seventy gigs in just the Carolinas ... and get stranded with a big band in Europe, and some sucker is gonna come talk to me about sellin' out. Please."

Jones relates some of that history in the new book "Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones."

Quick-change artist

Norwegian-born singer-actress Torrill has no problem playing famed chanteuse Edith Piaf and five other women in her one-woman show it's the costume changes that are tricky.

"The trick with doing a one-woman show is that you have to find an excuse to leave the stage and change and still keep the thread going," said Torrill. "So we do audio-video things to make me able to disappear for a few moments. You just change as fast as you can."

In "Piaf: Sa Vie En Rose," Torrill also plays Marlene Dietrich, whom Piaf admired; Marie Dubois, Piaf's idol; Marinette Cerdan, wife of Moroccan boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, with whom Piaf had an affair; and Marguerite Monnot, Piaf's friend and songwriting partner.

The play is running at The Court Theater in West Hollywood, Calif.

A new frontier

Jeri Ryan has gone from Borg to "a normal human being" in her new role on "Boston Public," David E. Kelley's drama-with-laughs about high school life.

Ryan played machine-human Seven of Nine on "Star Trek: Voyager," which ended earlier this year.

Now she's joined the cast of "Boston Public" as a new teacher who has just changed careers. The show has its season premiere Oct. 29 on Fox.

Although Ryan, 33, says Seven of Nine was "great fun to play," she's happy that she won't be sitting for hours in a makeup chair.

"I have checked on the rubber factor. There will be no rubber glued to my face."

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