Amram, Kerouac, March Madness Lowell-Style
February 21, 2011 by PaulM Posted in Lowell, Culture, History 4 Comments
George DeLuca of cometolowell.com says get your Jack-hats on for the Kerouac party coming in March, which is previewed in a recent radio interview with grandmaster musician Dave Amram:
“There’s a David Amram interview on ‘Blues and Beyond’ radio with Dick Lourie, both of whom will be playing at ‘Jack’s Beat!’ and ‘This Song’s for You, Jack!’ on March 12 at the Back Page Jazz & Blues Club. The interview is located at http://soundcloud.com/jcarty/blues-beyond-w-jim-carty-feb . The interview is about 29 minutes into the track, which you can scroll ahead to. David talks about Jack Kerouac’s music influences, and mentions all the participants in the March 12 program including our Jazz and Blues artists and Amy Black and the readers. It’s quite long so listen when you have 1/2 hour or so. He also talks about Lowell, and the making of the film ‘David Amram: The First 80 Years!’ (to be shown in Lowell). It’s a poignant interview, so enjoy!” — George DeLuca
4 Responses to Amram, Kerouac, March Madness Lowell-Style
Growing-up I got mixed messages about Jack Kerouac. My mother knew him from Lowell High but wasn’t into the whole “beat” thing – too bohemian for her I guess. But in 1959 – I was addicted to late night television and many times stayed up watching Steve Allen and later Jack Paar. One night I caught Steve Allen doing a interview with Kerouac while personally playing a “jazzy’ piano as background and then having Jack read from “On the Road.” It wasn’t a long interlude but it was fascinating to hear this Lowell guy, a famous writer read… and read with the rhythm and beat he heard in his own words. “Dean Mor – i – ar- ty” … I’ve never forgotten it!
Here is the link to the Steve Allen – Jack Kerouac interview!
Thanks Paul … Here’s the link to the radio interview: http://soundcloud.com/jcarty/blues-beyond-w-jim-carty-feb
Like it says above, you can control the track reader. Set it about 29 minutes in and go from there. The message about the upcoming show is about 5-10 min long, then David talks about blues, Kerouac, Woody Guthrie … well if you know David, you get the idea.