David Amram on Tue, July 12, 2016

Classical and Jazz music legend David Amram has also spent 60 years devoted to Americana and World Folk Music, and was a friend of Woody Guthrie. He wrote the Foreword to Mary Jo Guthrie’s book Woody’s Road: Woody Guthrie’s Letters Home. Amram was also commissioned by the Guthrie Estate to compose the symphony THIS LAND: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie. He conducted the live album of the symphony, in addition to conducting the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in its performance of the symphony on Guthrie Green in Tulsa last year, and at the University of Tulsa with their Symphony Orchestra on the occasion of Woody Guthrie’s Centennial Celebrations in 2012. David has been a mainstay performer for many years at the Woodyfest in Okemah. In addition, David also was a member of Oklahoman jazz legend Oscar Pettiford’s Big Jazz Band in the mid 1950s; has given many concerts at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame; and has been honored with their Jay McShane Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, the State of Oklahoma honored David with their Honorary Oklahoman Plaque at the State Legislature in Oklahoma City.