David Amram’s tour of the Village

What do Jack Kerouac, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Joseph Papp, Leonard Bernstein, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Tito Puente and Willie Nelson all have in common?

They’ve all hung out and spent quality time with David Amram.

As part of the Village Trip Arts Festival David led a walking tour through the West Village on September 26, 2021. The previous night he was on stage with Willie Nelson at 11 PM playing an encore at the Farm Aid concert in Hartford, CT.

He’ll be turning 91 this November 17, but clearly the calendar means nothing to him.

Walking down West 10th Street now home to multi-million dollar brownstones previously a row of art galleries. One of these ground floor apartments was the art gallery that hosted the first ever known jazz-poetry performance. Someone had to do it and the two who did it were David Amram and Jack Kerouac in the 1950s.

Another Amram/Kerouac production, the 1959 film “Pull My Daisy” based on Kerouac’s never finished play “The Beat Generation.” Larry David credits the film with providing the inspiration for his own “show about nothing” – Seinfeld. (Directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie.)

David has fans of all ages. Old and new friends came out for the tour.

Synchronicity: The corner restaurant across from where we ended the tour recently changed its name to “The Beatnic,” the term the news media coined to described the art-music-poetry-theater culture that thrived in the West Village in the 1950s.

Three years ago, we had the great pleasure to hook David up with a gig on opening night of the 2018 Havana Jazz Festival.

Click here for details of that trip, his first visit to Cuba in forty years.

– Ken McCarthy
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Music, Math and Mind – David Sulzer (aka Dave Soldier)

Interview with David Sulzer (aka Dave Soldier)


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You can order the book “Music, Math and Mind” from you local independent bookstore or online here.

You can learn more about Dave’s music here: DaveSoldier.com

References

“Puerto Rico” – Eddie Palmieri

“Jeleo” – Steve Beck, composed by Dave Soldier

Bo Diddley on the Ed Sullivan Show (1955)

Stuff Smith’s Unfinished Concerto arranged by Dave Soldier, played by Miranda Cuckson

Work with children
Da Hiphop Raskalz

San Mateo Ixatan, Guatemala

“Osage Stomp” and “Get with It” – Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys (1935)

Hezekiah Leroy Gordon “Stuff” Smith (1909-1967) – Toured Texas extensively in the ’20s

Ramblin’ – Ornette Coleman (Texas) with Charlie Haden (Missouri) and Don Cherry (Oklahoma) (1959)

BONUS

As I mentioned in the interview, we were only going to be able to scratch the surface of Dave’s work on this call. One areas he’s done work in is exploring the musicality of animals. If they can recognize and make music, we may need to recalibrate how we view and treat them.

“Rain” – Elephant Orchestra. Instruments built and directed by Richard Lair and Dave Soldier in Lampang, Thailand (2006)

Dave’s web site

You can order Dave’s book “Music, Math and Mind” from you local independent bookstore or online here.

– Ken McCarthy
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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

Swingin’ the Blues – The Virtuosity of Eddie Durham

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Remembering Eddie Durham with Topsy Durham

Recollections with Eddie’s daughter Topsy


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Jazz on the Tube is declaring 2020 the “Year of Eddie Durham.”

If you don’t know Eddie Durham (1906-1987), buckle your seat belts. He’s one the the secret sources of the music we call jazz.

Take Eddie out of the equation and a whole lot of things that made jazz jazz would never have happened.

He’s easily one of the most important musicians in the history of jazz and therefore one of the most important musicians in the history of American music.

Whose careers were nourished by Eddie Durham’s genius?

How about these for starters?

The Oklahoma City Blue Devils, Benny Moten, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Glenn Miller – and this is just the short list!

Click here to go to the Eddie Durham tribute site

Music referenced in this interview


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1. Moten’s Swing (1933) – (00:00)
2. Hittin’ the Bottle (1935) – (03:24)
3. Topsy (1937) – (06:24)
4. Good Morning Blues (1937) – (09:38)
5. Swinging the Blues (1938) – (12:26)
6. Countless Blues (1938) – (15:10)
7. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (1938 – two takes) – (18:07)
8. Jumpin’ at the Woodside (1939) – (24:09)
9. In the Mood (1939) – (27:18)

Documentary about Eddie Durham by the Center for Texas Music History

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!


The Annual San Marcos Texas, Eddie Durham Tribute Sponsored by the Calaboose African American History Museum

The secret creative “spark plug” behind the success of the Blue Devils, Jimmy Lunceford, Lester Young, Freddie Green, Charlie Christian and Count Basie. Arranger of Glen Miller’s “In the Mood” too!

Aurora Nealand A look at KindHumanKind

Interview with Aurora Nealand


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Follow Aurora here

auroranealand.com

facebook.com/aurora.nealand

auroranealand.bandcamp.com

louisianamusicfactory.com

The entire wide-ranging, free-wheeling conversation – unedited – complete with numerous sidebars, including some genealogical information which despite Aurora’s surprise may actually have a degree of accuracy (to be continued.)


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– Ken McCarthy
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Roger Lewis and the Good News from New Orleans

Interview with Roger Lewis


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Jazz on the Tube talks with Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

We go into the evolution of brass bands and then dive deep into the living, breathing traditions of New Orleans music.

Click here for more info about The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

– Ken McCarthy
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Mike Vaccaro – Big bands, Hollywood, and a life of music

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Mike’s website – www.mikevaccaro.com
CD store – www.mikevaccaro2.bandcamp.com
Mike on the music business – https://iclassical-academy.com/online-course-collections-music-career/
Eastman Winds – www.EastmanWinds.com

Besame Mucho

(Composed by Consuelo Velazquez)

Mike Vaccaro, Leader, Tenor Sax, Flute
Gerry Schroeder, Keys
Kevin Axt, Bass, ContraBass
Michael Higgins, Guitar
“Tiki Passillas”, Percussion
Anne Walsh, Vocals
Drums and Percussion
Chris Stevens, Marimba, Percussion
Tom Zink, Recordist

– Ken McCarthy

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