Voices of the Village with the David Amram Quintet

When: Saturday, November 23, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Price: $50 & up | $45 Museum Members
Vibes of the Village with David Amram & Friends
Jack Kerouac reads poetry at the Artist’s Studio, 48 East 3rd Street, February 15, 1959. Courtesy Fred W. McDarrah Archive/MUUS Asset Management Co LLC

This event is Session III in our Vibe of the Village Festival. For more sessions and details, click here.

Composer, conductor, and musician David Amram leads an intimate evening of songs, stories, and readings that celebrate the creative and collaborative spirit of the Village in the late 1950s through the '70s. A fascinating and humorous raconteur who experienced the neighborhood firsthand during this time, Amram will bring to life the essence of this moment in the city’s history along with guest performers Tom Chapin, Martha RedbonePaquito D’Rivera, and Josh White, Jr.

About the Performers:
David Amram is a composer, conductor, and musician. He began his career as a French Hornist in the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., then moved to New York City in 1955 and played French horn in the bands of Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, and Oscar Pettiford. In 1957, he created and performed in the first ever jazz/poetry readings in the city with Jack Kerouac. Amram's composed the scores for many films, was the composer and music director for the Lincoln Center Theater, and was the first composer in residence for the New York Philharmonic. 

Tom Chapin is a singer/songwriter and three-time Grammy winner known both as a contemporary folk artist and a children's musician.  He got his start playing in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, and in 1971 began a five-year run as the host of the children's series Make A Wish. His first solo album, Life Is Like That, was released in 1976. Chapin played the lead role in the Broadway production of Pump Boys and Dinettes. His latest album At the Turning Point was recorded live in concert in December 2017.

Martha Redbone is one of today’s most vital voices in American Roots music. A multi award-winning musician, the charismatic songstress is celebrated for her tasty gumbo of roots music embodying the folk and mountain blues sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky mixed with the eclectic grit of her teenage years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. With the power of her gospel singing African-American father’s voice and the determined spirit of her Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw mother, Redbone broadens all boundaries of Americana.

Paquito D'Rivera is a Latin jazz musician and classical composer. He began his career at 17 as a featured soloist at the Cuban National Symphony. He was a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna and founding member and co-director of the ensemble Irakere which features an explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical, and traditional Cuban music. D'Rivera has recorded more than 30 solo albums and is the winner of 14 Grammy awards.

Josh White, Jr. is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, and social activist. He became a child star in 1944 while performing alongside his legendary father Josh White, a pioneer of blues, folk, spirituals, and social activism. He began his recording career in 1945 and has since released 27 albums. With his father, he shared the stage with artists including Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Billie Holiday, Pete Seeger, Frank Sinatra, and Burl Ives. In the 1960s and '70s, White helped birth the acoustic blues movement. He is a TONY winner and Grammy nominee. 

This program accompanies our exhibition The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs (on view through December 1, 2019).

$55 Adults
$50 Adults, Seniors, and Students
$45 Museum Members

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at programs@mcny.org or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or info@mcny.org with any questions.


The Vibe of the Village Festival is made possible by Dalio Philanthropies. Special thanks to John and Patricia Heller.

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