For several years now, we’ve been trying to get the legendary David Amram at the Old Church for our post-WoodyFest concert. We’re pleased that he’ll performing with his friends Red Dirt Rangers and Butch Hancock on July 20th, the Monday after WoodyFest.
David Amram is the man from New York the Red Dirt Rangers call the Concrete Cowboy, who met Woody Guthrie in the 1950s, hung out with Jack Kerouac, and Miles Davis, who composed the scores for the original The Manchurian Candidate, Splender in the Grass and The Young Savages, collaborated musically with Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Betty Carter, Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger — among countless others — and who has performed at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival for going on 16 years.
David Amram started his professional life in music as a French Hornist in the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) in 1951. After serving in the US Army from 1952-54, he moved to New York City in 1955 and played French horn in the legendary jazz bands of Mingus, Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Oscar Pettiford.
In 1957, he created and performed in the first ever Jazz/Poetry readings in New York City with novelist Kerouac, a close friend with whom Amram collaborated artistically for over 12 years.
Since the early 1950s, he has traveled the world extensively, working as a musician and a conductor in over thirty-five countries including Cuba, Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan, Israel, Latvia and China. He also regularly crisscrosses the United States and Canada.
Potluck and doors open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m.