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This Song's for You, Jack!! 3-13-2010: Amy Black & the Red Clay Rascals with Jonathan Edwards, Stuart Shulman and David Amram.


Lowell Celebrates Kerouac & UMass Lowell presents
Jack Kerouac's 88th Birthday Celebration

  • March 13, 2010:

"Got to play at Jack's 88th birthday, David Amram, Jonathan Edwards, Bob Martin......humbled and amazed to be part of such an incredible array of was a special night that I will always treasure" Alan Crane

"A magical evening at Kerouac birthday party at Caffe Paradiso. With David Amram, and so many great readers and musicians. So great to look around the room and realize how many people were there who are friends. And the spirit of those gone on including Paradiso founder Oscar Di Stefano, who said, 'I love this Kerouac town.'" Meg Smith

"Great show in Lowell last night. Got to share the stage with Jonathan Edwards (Sunshine go away today!). Wow, his group was amazing. The harmonies were incredible. Jonathan is a great guy - he came up and sang with me on Angel from Montgomery. Pretty cool." Amy Black

"What a memorial night it was - from start to finish. And Jonathan Edwards...boy can he still play a tune. Thanks to everyone who contributed." Andy Kaknes

"It was all pretty unreal." Mike Flynn

" ... a tout solid gasser!" Jason Eisenberg

"Well, I think we did Jack proud on his 88th! ... The night at Paradiso was very special." Steve Edington


"... it was a great night celebrating Kerouac's 88th birthday with The Red Clay Rascals, a breath of fresh air (and all of them outstanding singers and musicians) Jonathan Edwards who was great 40 years ago when we first crossed paths and is even better today!! And Lowell's own master songwriter Bob Martin.

Our large jazz group did the first two hours, and then THE READERS OF JACK'S POETRY joined us as we played some of his favortite tunes as well as backing up the readings of his words (as i used to do with Jack 53 years ago)...  (continued at right)


Alyssa Jones, Paul Combs, Stanley Swann


Adam & David Amram, John and John Sampas Jr.


Mike Payette, Lura Smith, Charles Langford


JONATHAN provided just what we all needed to round out the night.

They were all generous to come and everybody there loved them and I can hardly wait to do it again!
Thank you for your months of work to put this all together."

"Jack would have loved it!!"

David Amram
Still on that endless road.
March 29 at 3:51am

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