Uncle Dan’s Story Hour / Jazz Kitchen Concert

Musical tour de force, author, original Beat, friend of Kerouac and Dan Wakefield returns to Indy in May 10 – 11 for two special events.

Uncle Dan’s Story Hour

Thursday May 10, 2018

The Oxford Room at the Aristocrat Pub

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David Amram Live in Concert

Friday May 11, 2018  6:30 & 8pm

The Jazz Kitchen

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That’s right — Dan Wakefield is recording a special episode of his popular radio show — Uncle Dan’s Story with his old friend David Amram. This event takes place in the gorgeous Oxford Room above the Aristocrat Pub. Dan and David will catch on David’s latest activities, including Amram’s performances in Cuba earlier this year. David will play piano, tell stories, scat, rap, lay down positive vibes for all.

This is a rare chance to hear David play in an intimate setting — seating is strictly limited to 50. Full food and drink service are available throughout the show.

The only way to see this show is by purchase of a “Combo Ticket” which grants you entry to Uncle Dan’s Story Hour on May 10, and PREFERRED SEATING at:

Amram is playing two shows at the Kitchen this year — one at 6:30 and a second at 8:00. Purchase of a Combo Tix is for preferred seating at the first show. Doors open at 5:00.

THE COMBO PRICE FOR BOTH TICKETS IS $55. By purchasing this ticket you will be placed on the guest lists for the May 10 show at the Aristocrat AND the May 11 – 6:30 concert at the Jazz Kitchen.

Amram will be backed by Adam Amram (percussion), Sophie Faught (tenor sax), Nick Tucker (bass) and Kenny Phelps (drums).

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David Amram is a godsend to those who believe in the power of music to change lives and inspire.” – Wynton Marsalis

“David Amram one of the most versatile and skilled musicians America has ever produced.” – The Washington Post

Legendary composer, performer, author and American treasure David Amram is coming to Indy to visit his dear friend of over 60 years – writer Dan Wakefield. Dan thought, while David’s in town, why not put on a show? Yeah, why not? It’s on.

Amram, backed by local saxophone phenom Sophie Faught and her band, will play a varied set featuring highlights from Amram’s rich canon, which includes movie soundtracks, jazz, orchestral pieces, world music and folk. Amram composed the soundtracks to the original Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra and Splendor in the Grass, starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. He served as the composer-in-residence for the New York Philharmonic. Artists he has worked with include Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Pete Seeger, Leonard Bernstein and Willie Nelson. His work is, obviously, eclectic. Amram truly is “a different kind of cat.”

Amram is the subject of the documentary: David Amram: The First 80 Years, currently available on Vimeo.

A show highlight will be readings of the works of Jack Kerouac, including a reading by Dan Wakefield. Amram, who was a close friend of Kerouac, chronicles their friendship in his critically-acclaimed book Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac.

This will be a special evening of great music, stories and camaraderie. Not to be missed by fans of Amram, Wakefield, Kerouac and Sophie Faught.

He has collaborated with such notables as Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Dustin Hoffman, Charlie Mingus, Elia Kazan, Odetta, Jack Kerouac, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk,Tito Puente and Willie Nelson! He has conducted and performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras around the world, participated in major music festivals, and traveled from Brazil and Cuba to Kenya and Egypt. Since being appointed first composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic in 1966-67, he has become one of the most acclaimed composers of his generation, listed by BMI as one of their “Twenty Most Performed Composers of Concert Music in the United States.”

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