GVSHP is excited to share our oral history collection with the public, and hope they will shed more light on what makes Greenwich Village and the East Village such unique and vibrant areas. Each of these histories highlights the experiences and insights of long-time residents, usually active in the arts, culture, preservation, business, or civic life of the neighborhood. Recently we launched new collections focusing on the East and South Villages, and have been highlighting some of the featured individuals on Off the Grid. These posts can be found here, and the entire oral history collection here.
Born on November 17, 1930 in Philadelphia, David Amram has been a noted musician, bandleader, prolific composer, and pioneer of the jazz French horn for over 50 years. At age seven, he started piano lessons, tried trumpet and tuba before settling on French horn. He attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music for a year, and in 1951, earned his Bachelor’s Degree from George Washington University. Amram then attended the Manhattan School of Music.