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Music and Stories With David Amram at The Church

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David Amram, jazz, folk and world music performer, presents a concert at The Church on March 30. COURTESY DAVID AMRAM ARCHIVES

David Amram, jazz, folk and world music performer, presents a concert at The Church on March 30. COURTESY DAVID AMRAM ARCHIVES

authorStaff Writer on Mar 1, 2024

The Church will welcome David Amram, Renaissance Man and “Father of World Music,” to Sag Harbor for an intimate concert and an unforgettable evening on March 30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. performance and dialogue with a living legend who strives to “remain open and respectful to all forms of artistic expression and to the people and the cultures who keep these arts alive and share them with others.”

Performing a combination of his classical jazz compositions and weaving together anecdotes of his experience working with some of America’s most notable creative giants, Amram invites audiences to an evening that explores the polymath’s incredible contribution to the legacy of American Music and offers a renewed embrace of international cultures.

The legendary composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist comes to the community with over 70 years of career experience, working and collaborating with creative geniuses from all mediums. From being mentored by jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, recording with musical giants Thad Jones and Charles Mingus, creating the first ever Jazz/Poetry event in New York with Jack Kerouac, performing with generational legends Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and an endless incomparable list of other titans of creativity.

An American composer, arranger, and conductor of orchestral, chamber and choral works, many with jazz flavorings, Amram’s lifetime love affair with jazz has taken him far from a family farm in Pennsylvania and carried him all over the world. He plays piano, French horn, Spanish guitar, pennywhistle and sings. His lifetime love affair began with a trip to hear Duke Ellington’s band at the Earl Theater Philadelphia in 1940. Since then he has continued over the past seven decades as one of the first pioneers to include the French horn as an improvising voice in jazz.

Now he finds himself in Sag Harbor, a wellspring of inspiration to musicians and creatives alike. Aspiring musicians and jazz enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to attend. Copies of Amram’s book “The Many Worlds of David Amram Renaissance Man of American Music” will be available for cash purchase on site.

Tickets are $40 (members $35) at thechurchsagharbor.org. The Church is at 48 Madison Street in Sag Harbor.

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