THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 22, 2008
WOODSTOCK - Artie Traum, a veteran songwriter and guitarist who came
out of the Greenwich Village folk music scene, has died. He was 65.
Traum died Sunday at his home in upstate Bearsville, near Woodstock,
from cancer that spread to his liver, said manager Jeff Heiman.
Traum was born and reared in the Bronx and played around the seminal
Greenwich Village scene of the '60s along with his brother, Happy
Traum. The brothers would play together on and off for decades. Traum
also recorded a series of solo albums and produced or recorded with
some of the biggest names in folk, rock and jazz, from Bela Fleck to
Pete Seeger, according to his Web site. Traum began recording jazz
albums in the '90s.
Happy Traum said his brother's musical sensibility, though grounded
in the folk tradition, encompassed styles from jug band to contemporary jazz.
"He had a big scope to his music. It wasn't one thing. He had a bit
of chameleon in him," Happy Traum said yesterday.
Traum recorded dozens of albums in his long career and played shows
around the world. He performed publicly until May, when melanoma in
his eye spread, Happy Traum said.
The Traum brothers were managed by Bob Dylan's late manger, Albert
Grossman. Like Dylan and Grossman, the Traums moved to this Hudson
Valley arts colony. The brothers stayed and became stalwarts of the
Woodstock music scene.
Traum is survived by his wife, Beverly.