Composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author David Amram was born November 17, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA.
An ignorer of labels and a lover of music and humanity, he's composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, scored numerous films and theater pieces and gigged with everyone from Charles Mingus (his first jazz gig) to Dizzy Gillespie to Jack Kerouac to Willie Nelson.
Devoted to all music, he's been an especially articulate advocate of jazz.
Here he performs with his mentor, friend and colleague Dizzy Gillespie in a tribute to Thelonious Monk.
Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet
David Amram, flutes
Walter Davis Jr., piano
Percy Heath, bass
Roy Haynes, drums
Amram has written a trilogy of books on his life and music:
* Vibrations: A Memoir
* Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat
* Offbeat: Collaborating with Jack Kerouac
Amram's fascinating off-the-cuff riff on his meeting with Charlie Parker.
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