Dave Amram

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Dave Amram

David Werner "Dave" Amram (born November 17, 1930 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania ) is an American jazz musician ( horn player ) and composer .

Live and act

Amram, who is a cousin of Otto Klemperer , initially played the piano and trumpet , but switched to the French horn as a teenager when the family moved to Washington, DC . Until 1948 he attended the Oberlin College Conservatory to then study at George Washington University . During his studies he played as a horn player in the National Symphony Orchestra . From 1953 he was with the 7th US Army Symphony in Europe, where he stayed after his military service to play in Frankfurt with Attila Zoller , Jutta Hipp and Albert Mangelsdorff and to record in Paris with Bobby Jaspar , Henri Renaud and Lionel Hampton . Back in the US he performed with Charles Mingus , Oscar Pettiford , Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk . Between 1956 and 1960 he led his own jazz combo , which appeared in 1957 with the beat poet Jack Kerouac . In 1977 he was one of the jazz musicians who, like Dizzy Gillespie , Earl Hines and Stan Getz, performed in Havana despite the intervention of the US State Department . Albums like Havana / New York (1977) or Latin Jazz Celebration (1983) show his interest in meeting American and Cuban musicians like Paquito D'Rivera .

From 1960 he concentrated on the activity as a composer. In the mid-1960s he wrote stage music for the Lincoln Center theater ; In 1967 he was Leonard Bernstein's assistant . In his compositions he uses jazz material in symphonic works, but also enriches jazz compositions with elements from other musical cultures. He wrote film scores , but also a flute concerto for James Galway . His opera The Final Ingredient was broadcast on television in 1965 and released on CD in 1996. He was composer in residence at the 2008 Democratic Party Congress .

Amram also plays with his jazz quartet, in which his son Adam is also active. In 2017 he released the album Langston Hughes : The Dream Keeper with Eric Mingus .

In 2017 he was accepted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which awards the Oscars every year.

Selection discography

  • 1992: Havana / New York (Flying Fish Records)
  • 1995: Pull My Daisy (Premier Recordings)
  • 1996: At Home / Around the World (Flying Fish Records)
  • 1997: No More Walls (Flying Fish Records)
  • 1998: Triple Concerto (Flying Fish Records)
  • 1999: Southern Stories (Cedar Glen)
  • 1997: Manchurian Candidate (Premier Recordings)
  • 2004: David Amram (Naxos)
  • 2005: Pictures of the Gone World (Synergy Ent)


  • Douglas Brinkley. Vibrations: The Adventures and Musical Times of David Amram . Thunder's Mouth Press, 2001, ISBN 1-56025-308-8 .
  • Geza Gabor Simon: Immensely good. Attila Zoller. His life and his art . Budapest 2003, ISBN 963-206-928-5 .
  • Martin Kunzler : Jazz Lexicon. Volume 1: A – L (= rororo non-fiction book, volume 16512). 2nd Edition. Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 2004, ISBN 3-499-16512-0 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Class of 2017. oscars.org; accessed on June 30, 2017.