The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series: Composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and frequent visitor to the Jazz Loft.
Saratoga Springs' Caffe Lena has been an integral part of the folk scene since the 1960s. We talk with Jocelyn Arem, who edited a new book and box CD set about the musical history of the coffeehouse, as well as composer David Amram and musician Pete Kennedy.
David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, written numerous scores for Broadway and film, authored three books, and played dozens of instruments from over 25 countries, including the jazz French horn, an unusual instrument/genre pairing in which he has long been considered a pioneer. The artists Amram has collaborated with are some of the greatest names in the music and entertainment: Langston Hughes, Dizzy Gillespie, Dustin Hoffman, Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Tito Puente, Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac, and Leonard Bernstein, who chose him as The New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence in 1966.
Extra audio and visual materials from the first episode of The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series. This post features interviewee David Amram.