One of the greatest living proponents of the art of music, David Amram symbolizes excellence and creativity in jazz, classical, folk, latin, film scores, opera, and musical theatre.
Presented by: Music Appreciation Society’s Eclectic Concert Series
He has collaborated with Woody Guthrie, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, Pepper Adams, Levon Helm, James Gallway, Betty Carter, poets Alan Ginsburg, Langston Hughes, Lawrence Ferlangheti and Jack Kerouac, to name a few, as composer and performing artist on french horn, flute, keyboards and other instruments. He is the recipient of six honorary doctorate degrees and numerous other prestigious awards and recognitions, including the Highlights in Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Performing Arts Centre, Kansas City’s Folk Alliance International’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Bruce Ricker Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pasa Roblas Digital Film Festival for his half-century work as a film composer.
While celebrating a lifetime in the world of Jazz, David continues to tour the planet extensively, sharing his wealth of knowledge and talent, as he has done for the past 65 years. Along with Julius Watkins, David is acknowledged as the pioneer of improvisational jazz French horn.
He is actively releasing new recordings and composing new works today as well. His latest on Affetto record label is David Amram – “So In America” – Selected Chamber Music (1958-2017). He also recently released “David Amram Jazz on Film”, Classic American Film Scores which highlights his work in film and theater. In 2015, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra recorded David’s concerto “This Land” a tribute to Woody Guthrie.
He was praised by The Washington Post as “one of the most versatile and skilled musicians America has ever produced,” while The Boston Globe hailed him as “the Renaissance man of American music,” and The New York Times proclaimed him “multicultural before multiculturalism existed.”
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