"David Amram is one of the most versatile and skilled musicians America has ever produced."-Washington Post
Another year has quickly passed by us, and with it comes another great musical birthday celebration for America's legendary "Renaissance Man of American Music" David Amram!
On Monday night, November 25th, the popular Americana musical group The Amigos Band will be hosting David Amram and his birthday celebration at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center Jazz, located in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and 59th Street. During this past year, David and The Amigos Band have together performed many exciting shows. This musical union has culminated with David acting as the Artistic Producer (and session musician!) on their new album.
A true National Treasure, David Amram boasts a rich and diverse musical palette. David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, written countless scores for Broadway theater and film (including the classic scores for the films "Splendor in The Grass" and "The Manchurian Candidate") two operas (including the landmark Holocaust opera "The Final Ingredient") and the score for the 1959 "pseudo" documentary film "Pull My Daisy," narrated by Amram's friend and musical partner, American novelist Jack Kerouac.
David Amram has collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Langston Hughes, Willie Nelson, Odetta, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, E. G. Marshall, Tito Puente and Leonard Bernstein, who in 1966 chose him as The New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence.
A master musician and pioneer player of jazz French horn, Amram is also a virtuoso on piano, various types of flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments from 25 countries. 35 instruments in total.
David Amram is also the author of three critically acclaimed books: "Vibrations" an autobiography, "Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac" a memoir, and "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" published in the fall of 2007 by Paradigm Publishers.
Always in demand as a performer and lecturer worldwide, Amram recently attended and performed at the New York City Beth Israel Hospital concert tribute to Pete Seeger. Said Amram: "I presented him (Seeger) with an award and then played with him, trumpet master John Faddis and other musicians. I didn't dare feel tired, because when I presented the award to Pete Seeger in NYC I remembered that 48 hours earlier (Saturday night, Sept 21) we had been together when he had driven all the way to Saratoga to make a surprise appearance at Farm Aid. Since Pete is now 94 (!!!) and remains a bundle of energy-sharing stirring songs and endless stories,- I am just a youngster in comparison, as I turn 83 this November 17."
Conservatory trained and brimming over with electrifying, youthful energy, The Amigos Band positively shine with their three part vocal harmonies and proficiency in guitar, accordion, saxophone, bass, drums, washboard and gorgeous musical arrangements. This is one birthday celebration that is sure to be a rollicking night of great music and pure fun! Adding to the evening's festivities will be the arrival of unannounced, special guest performers! This is one evening that is sure to be full of delightful surprises!
There will be two separate shows: the first at 7:30 pm and the second at 9:30 pm. To assure a seat, make your reservations now: http://jalc.org/dizzys/events/event/av-139286#.UlQ1ERDoPAk
Here is what the press are saying about the music of David Amram:
David Amram ... a musical catalyst and leader on a par with Leonard Bernstein, Pete Seeger and Dizzy Gillespie..."- Minneapolis Star & Tribune
"Amram dazzled with his versatility ... one could be but awed by his range. .. Amram was constantly enlightening."-The London Times
"Amram's American music is joyous, great, beautiful ..."-The Kansas City Times