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David Amram

David Amram and The Amigos - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer

David Amram is a true musical Renaissance man - classical composer, jazz musician, sideman for everybody from Dizzy Gillespie to Steve Goodman - as well as an author, activist, and indefatigable source of positive energy. On the eve of his 84th birthday, he shared memories of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Jack Kerouac, and his philosophy of life and performed songs with The Amigos Band on the Sunday Breakfast.

Seeger Fest!

by Jeremy Rainer
Durst Breneiser

I am deeply grateful to have known Pete Seeger.  I first met him after a concert (on my birthday) in 2001, and we did an hour-long interview for my high school newspaper.  In 2002 I organized a week-long event at my high school, Human Rights Week, and I asked Pete to give a concert.  I was amazed when he agreed to play; the concert was a complete success.  Since then, I went to see him perform every chance I'd get.  I saw him so frequently that he'd recognize me whenever we met - and I always made sure to meet him after a show.  I met Pete for

Woody's Children 45th Anniversary Concert

by Bob Sherman
Grand finale of Woody's Children 45th Anniversary Concert; © Steve J. Sherman


Every five years, we try to do something special on Woody's Children, and for our 45th birthday, we really hit the jackpot. The late, dearly loved Pete Seeger had planned to be there, and of course was deeply missed, but with us were such music masters as David Amram, Tom Chapin and The Chapin Sisters (Abigail & Lily Chapin), Emma's Revolution (a.k.a. Pat Humphries and Sandi O), Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Tom Paxton and Noel Paul Stookey. Special guests Nora Guthrie and Doug Mishkin added other highlights, as did our wonderful "house band" of Jon Cobert and Michael Mark.

It leaves me very nervous about how we can possibly top those incredible two hours when it comes time for our 50th birthday; meanwhile, I'm proud and pleased to have the show alive and well and living here in the WFUV Archives.