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|Born||November 17, 1930|
|Genres||Jazz, Classical Music, Folk Music, Singer/Songwriter|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author|
|Instruments||French horn, piano, flutes, whistles, percussion|
David Werner Amram III (born November 17, 1930) has composed more than one hundred orchestral and chamber works; written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the classic scores for the films Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate; composed two operas, including the Holocaust opera The Final Ingredient; and composed the score for the 1959 documentary Pull My Daisy, narrated by Jack Kerouac.
Along with Julius Watkins, Amram is considered a pioneer of jazz French horn. He also plays piano, numerous flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments from 25 countries, as well as being an improvisational lyricist. Since working with Leonard Bernstein, (who chose him as The New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence in 1966), he has been one of BMI's twenty most performed composers of concert music of the last thirty years.
Some of Amram's recent orchestral works include Giants of the Night, a concerto for flute and orchestra (commissioned and premiered by Sir James Galway in 2002); Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie, (commissioned by the Woody Guthrie Foundation and premiered in 2007); and Three Songs: A Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (written for and premiered by pianist Jon Nakamatsu in 2009).
|1957||Jazz Studio No. 6: The Eastern Scene||Decca Records|
|1961||Jazz Portrait||Bobby Jaspar, Harold Land, George Barrow||Decca Records|
|1971||No More Walls||Jerry Dodgion, Pepper Adams, Candido,||Flying Fish/Rounder Records|
|1972||Subway Night||RCA Records|
|1974||Triple Concerto||RCA Records|
|1977||Havana/New York||Flying Fish/Rounder Records|
|1980||At Home/Around the World||Flying Fish/Rounder Records|
|1982||Latin Jazz Celebration||Joe Wilder, Jimmy Knepper, Steve Berrios, George Barrow, Pepper Adams, Jerry Dodgion, Duduka Fonseca, Machito, Victor Venegas, Candido||Elektra/Musician|
|1990||Autobiography||Flying Fish/Rounder Records|
|1995||Pull My Daisy||Premier Records|
|1996||Final Ingredient: An Opera of the Holocaust||Premier|
|1999||Southern Stories||Chrome Records|
|2001||Spirit: A Tribute to Jack Kerouac|
|2002||On the Waterfront||Varèse Sarabande|
|2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Varèse Sarabande|
|2011||David Amram Poetry Jam||Casey Cyr, Steve Dalachinsky, Albert Kausch, Richard Lee Martin, Lee Ranaldo, Ron Whitehead||Calque Cinema|
|2014||The Young Savages - Original Soundtrack||Harold Land||Intrada|
|2016||Jazz On Film...David Amram's Classic American Film Scores 1956 - 2016
5-CD Boxset feat - The Manchurian Candidate, Pull My Daisy, Splendor in The Grass, The Arrangement, Isn't It Delicious, The Young Savages, After The Fall, On The Waterfront (on Broadway)
|Harold Land, Paul Horn, Carmell Jones, Buster Bailey, Thad Jones, George Barrow,
Sahib Shihab, Jerry Dodgion, Candido, Laurindo Almeida, Pepper Adams, Jack Kerouac
- Kenny Dorham (1953). "The Art of the Ballad". Prestige Records.
- Lionel Hampton (1955). "Crazy Rhythm". EmArcy.
- Oscar Pettiford - The Oscar Pettiford Orchestra in Hi-Fi (ABC-Paramount, 1956)
- Oscar Pettiford - The Oscar Pettiford Orchestra in Hi-Fi Volume Two (ABC-Paramount, 1957)
- Curtis Fuller; Hampton Hawes (1957). "Curtis Fuller and Hampton Hawes with French Horns". Status.
- Kenny Dorham; Cannonball Adderley (1959). "Blue Spring". Riverside Records.
- David Bromberg (1971). "David Bromberg". Columbia Records.
- Loudon Wainwright III (1972). "Album III". Columbia/Legacy.
- Hannibal Marvin Peterson (1974). "Children of the Fire". Sunrise Records.
- Mary Lou Williams (1975). "Mary Lou's Mass". Smithsonian Folkways.
- Betty Carter (1976). "Compact Jazz". Verve Records.
- Steve Goodman (1976). "Words We Can Dance To". Red Pajamas Records.
- Jerry Jeff Walker (1979). "Too Old To Change". Elektra Records.
- Betty Carter (1982). "Whatever Happened to Love?". Verve Records.
- Steve Goodman (1983). "Artistic Hair". Red Pajamas Records.
- London Pops Orchestra (1989). "From London to Broadway". Pickwick Records.
- Tom Chapin (1992). "Billy the Squid". Sony Kids' Music.
- Allen Ginsberg (1994). "Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems & Songs". Rhino Records.
- Joanne Shenandoah (1994). "Once in a Red Moon". Canyon Records.
- Randy Crofton (1996). "Duologue". Lyrichord.
- Steve Goodman (1996). "The Easter Tapes". Red Pajamas Records.
- T.S. Monk (1997). "Monk on Monk". N2K.
- Pete Seeger (1998). "If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle". Smithsonian Folkways.
- Jerry Jeff Walker (1998). "Lone Wolf: The Best of Jerry Jeff Walker". Warner Archives.
- Thunder Bird Sisters (1998). "Still Singin'". Thunder Bird Sisters.
- Jack Kerouac (1999). "Reads on the Road". Rykodisc.
- Tom Chapin (2001). "Great Big Fun for the Very Little One". Rhino Records.
- Pat Humphries (2001). "Hands". Appleseed.
- Lionel Hampton (2001). "Jazz in Paris: Lionel Hampton & His French New Sound". Barclay.
- Curse with Kevin Sean Michaels and Marc Ribot (2002). "Pull My Daisy/Graveyard Shuffle" .
- Suzzy & Maggie Roche (2004). "Why the Long Face". Red House.
- Morley (2005). "Days Like These". Morley.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti (2005). "Pictures of the Gone World". Synergy.
- Nenad Bach (2005). "A Thousand Years of Peace". Orchard Records.
- Allen Ginsberg (2006). "First Blues". Water.
- Steve Goodman (2006). "Live at the Earl of Old Town". Red Pajamas Records.
- Alana Amram & The Rough Gems (2007). "Alana Amram & The Rough Gems". Zealous Records.
- Norman Savitt (2009). "Norman Savitt and Friends". Balkan Samba Records. Archived from the original on August 13, 2009.
- Steve Martin (2009). "The Crow". Rounder Records.
- Pete Seeger (2010). "Tomorrow's Children". Appleseed Records.
- Richard Barone (2016). "Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s" . RBM Special Editions; Ship to Shore Phono Co.
- Amram was featured in Raffi's hit song "Peanut Butter Sandwich Made With Jam: One for Me and One for David Amram."
Selected recordings of Amram's classical compositions
- 1993: David Amram – An American Original (Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, cond. Richard Aulden Clark)
- American Dance Suite: Cheyenne, Blues, Cajun
- Theme and Variations on "Red River Valley" for Flute & Strings (Julius Baker, soloist)
- Travels for Trumpet & Orchestra: Taos, Blues & Variations, Taxim
- Three Songs for America: Texts by John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy
- 1995: David Amram: Three Concertos (Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, cond. Richard Aulden Clark)
- Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Charles Castleman, soloist)
- Honor Song for Sitting Bull, for Cello and Orchestra (Nathaniel Rosen, soloist)
- Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (Kenneth Pasmanick, soloist)
- 1997: New York Legends: Philip Myers, Principal Horn, New York Philharmonic
- Three Songs for Marlboro, for Horn and Cello
- 1997: The Nashville Symphony, cond. Kenneth Schermerhorn
- Kokopelli: A Symphony in Three Movements
- 2004: American Classics – David Amram
- Songs of the Soul: A Symphony in Three Movements (Berlin Radio Orchestra, cond. Christopher WIlkins)
- Shir L'erev Shabbat: Excerpts from a Friday Evening Service (cond. Ken Keisler)
- Excerpts from The Final Ingredient, an Opera of the Holocaust (cond. Ken Keisler)
- 2006: John Cerminaro: A Life of Music, Historic Live Performances
- Concerto for Horn and Wind Symphony (John Cerminaro, soloist, Juilliard Wind Orchestra, cond. James Chambers)
- 2014: The Chamber Music of David Amram - Live at the New York Chamber Music Festival (artists include violinist Elmira Darvarova, flutist Carol Wincenc, Face the Music Ensemble, New York Piano Quartet, hornist Howard Wall, and the David Amram Quartet)
- 2001: Vibrations: The Adventures and Musical Times of David Amram (Thunder's Mouth Press) ISBN 1-56025-308-8
- 2003: Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac (Paradigm) ISBN 1-56025-460-2
- 2007: Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat (Paradigm) ISBN 978-1-59451-424-1
- Douglas Brinkley wrote in the introduction to Vibrations: The Adventures and Musical Times of David Amram and Audrey Sprenger wrote the Afterwards (Paradigm, 2008)
- 1986: "Making Music" (Atheneum) ISBN 0689311192 by Arthur K. Paxton