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Acclaimed jazz vocalist Fred Johnson performs at Art Opening

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Fred Johnson performs at Art Opening

| Sande Caplin |

Fogartyville opens its ‘Celebrating African American Culture Exhibit’ with a performance by the Michael Ross 4 featuring Fred Johnson on Saturday, January 13 at 8pm. St. Petersburg vocalist and percussionist Fred Johnson has played with or opened for musicians like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Chick Corea.

The Michael Ross 4 features – Danny Jordan on saxophone and flute, LaRue Nickelson on guitar, Michael Ross on bass, and Walt Hubbard on drums. There will also be spoken word, a special dance performance, soul food, and, of course, visual art that celebrates African American culture. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at The visual art will remain on display through February 23.

An acclaimed jazz vocalist, author and arts educator, Fred Johnson is a graduate of the National Academy of the Performing Arts as well as the Master Performers School of the National Mime Theater. Fred was for many years affiliated with the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Florida where he served as both Vice President of Education and Humanities and Artist-in-Residence. Mentored by masters of the African oral and percussion legacy, Fred has been hailed as one of the true guardians of an oral tradition transplanted and nurtured to create a fusion of cultural heritage that is uniquely American and inherently African. His global presentations of “Jazz it’s Roots and Branches” has served to inform and inspire audiences around the world to recognize and celebrate a creative global tapestry set by the first woven thread sown from the artistic richness of Africa.

For Information: Michael Ross –; David Beaton, WSLR Station Manager, 941-587-6588

photo from Fogaratyville, WSLR


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