Heavyweights of Tampa jazz scene will play free Riverwalk show this weekend

click to enlarge (L-R) Singer Fred Johnson and bassist Michael Ross. - COURTESY
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(L-R) Singer Fred Johnson and bassist Michael Ross.
Best of the Bay-winning bassist Michael Ross’s jazz quartet has its origins in the band Liquid Bebop, which dates back to the early-‘80s. So, yeah, a long time.

This iteration of the first-rate unit includes pianist Pablo Arencibia, drummer Josh Platt and David Pate, the dean of Bay area saxophonists. The concert happening on Saturday will consist of the foursome playing Ross originals; nonpareil vocalist Fred Johnson joining in for a few standards; and some intimate duets between Ross and Johnson, a format that the two long-time cohorts have been exploring for a few years now.

These three components will surely make for a lively concert with different flavors. This free, outdoor show, part of The Straz Jazz Project, will be held at the Straz Center’s Riverwalk Stage starting at 7 p.m.

If you're a musician looking to make a day of this outing, Straz Center is hosting a free workshop for jazz rhythm players starting at 3 p.m. Registration is required.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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