When American jazz “refugees” washed up on the shore on Havana in 1977 (the first jazz musicians to visit the Island since 1961) they included:
Dizzy Gillespie…Stan Getz…Ray Mantilla…Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines…
…And the featured artist on this clip David Amram, the “ever hopeful” composer and jazzman celebrating his 87th birthday this year.
Here’s David’s contribution to the “Salsa Meet Jazz” benefit for Puerto Rico.
They’re playing “Caravan” written by Puerto Rican composer and jazzman Juan Tizol.
David played with Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie and socialized, talked music and played behind the scenes with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Bud Powell, just to name a few.
If you want to a good read, David’s books on his life in music are fantastic and truly one-of-a-kind. They are:
• Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat
• Vibrations: A memoir
• Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac
You can keep up with David here: DavidAmram.com
– Ken McCarthy
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