ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - A musician who accompanied Jack Kerouac at poetry readings will celebrate the Beat Generation author's legacy with performances in the Tampa Bay area.
Grammy-winning composer David Amram formed a partnership with Kerouac in 1956, providing jazz music for Kerouac's signature readings in New York City coffee houses and clubs.
They remained friends until Kerouac died in St. Petersburg in 1969.
Amram will mix stories about Kerouac with songs Friday in St. Petersburg along with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen. On Saturday, Amram will perform at The Flamingo Sports Bar, a favorite bar of Kerouac's and the site of twice-yearly celebrations of the author.
Amram tells The Tampa Tribune that he thinks Kerouac would participate in the performances, "his bongos in his hand and singing."