Remembering Chuck Berry and James Cotton
March 20th, 2017 ~
The world lost two musical legends over the weekend. Rock and Roll pioneer Chuck Berry died Friday night near his home outside of St. Louis. Read more about his life here and take a listen to Nick Spitzer’s interview with him here.
Just the day before, Mississippi Delta harmonica player and blues man James Cotton died in Austin. He was 81. Read more about his life here, and hear him on American Routes “here”: http://americanroutes.wwno.org/archives/show/421/
Amram at 85 Celebration in NYC
March 3rd, 2017 ~
In December of this year, composer, conductor, instrumentalist and writer David Avram will host an 85th birthday event at the Theater for the New City on New York’s Lower East Side. Amram is 86 and this will be the last in his series of 85th birthday events. The evening will feature his classical chamber music compositions, including Greenwich Village Portraits (2014) for alto saxophone and piano; The Violin Sonata (1960), performed by Elmira Darvarova, the first woman to ever be concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the founder of the annual New York Chamber Music Festival; and Blues and Variations for Monk for Unaccompanied Horn (1982), which will be performed by the New York Philharmonic’s french horn virtuoso Howard Wall. The piece was composed in memory of Thelonious Monk, who was a mentor of Amram’s in the 50s, encouraging him to continue to pursue his path as both an improvising jazz french hornist and a composer of formal classical music. The evening will also include member’s of Avram’s quintet and guest musicians from around the world. The show is December 21st at 8pm. For tickets, call Theater for the New City at 212 254-1109.