I'm sure you all know that Denver has a rich Beat legacy. After all, there is a condominium complex in the city named after Jack Kerouac. Now comes word that this legacy will extend to the Democratic National Convention next week:
He and Jack Kerouac pioneered jazz and poetry readings in the 1950s. Along with Julius Watkins, Amram was one of the first to improvise on a French horn. And he was one of the first musicians to seriously explore what came to be called ``world music.''
With his talent and youthful optimism, Amram, 77, has been called (by me) ``the world's oldest teenager.'' (He likes to say ``never trust anyone under 70.'')
He explained the responsibilities of a composer in residence in an e-mail this week while ``hiding out'' at his farm in upstate New York composing a piano concerto.
``My musical contributions will include `Three Songs for America,' settings of speeches by John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy for bass voice and orchestra,'' Amram said. [links from original article]