While we’re watching counterculture moments on television from the 1960s,here’s something else I just stumbled across: the joyful jazz composer, performer and beatnik David Amram on the kid’s show Wonderama. He demonstrates his favorite instruments, and naturally leads a jam session with the kids, who are way into it.
Amram turns 82 years old this weekend, which means the promising new film David Amram: The First 80 Years must be nearing its second birthday … and I haven’t seen it yet! I hope this documentary film will reach more theaters, and will get a much-deserved spot on public television or some other music channel. One thing’s for sure: audiences will love it, because Amram never fails to win an audience over. Here’s the trailer for the film:
David Amram has collaborated with everyone from Jack Kerouac to Dizzy Gillespie to Charles Mingus to Leonard Bernstein to Bob Dylan to Raffi to Willie Nelson to Phish. I hope this film captures a lot of his past music and poetry performances; I wonder if it also features his daughter Adira Amram’s explosive, highly original music/dance/comedy live show, which is currently easy to catch at various hipster nightclubs in New York City and around the world. Happy birthday David Amram!