Afro Yaqui Music Collective Honors Fred Ho on the Occasion of his 59th Birthday

Afro Yaqui Music Collective Honors Fred Ho on the Occasion of his 59th Birthday

Saturday, August 13

7:30 pm


For dinner reservations please call 212 421 3821 or click here for open table. 

Dinner service is required for reserved seating. Ginny's seating is communal, which means that you may have other guests at your table.

Afro Yaqui Music Collective
Afro Yaqui Music Collective
Fred Ho’s style is a genre unto itself, a pioneering fusion of free-jazz and traditional Chinese music that manages to combine truculence and delicacy with such natural ease that it sounds positively organic.”

Fred Ho—called the “greatest baritone saxophonist of all time” by The New Yorker—would be celebrating his 59th birthday this August. Despite a life cut short by a relentless cancer, Ho's output remains massive, with over 15 albums as a bandleader, several full length Manga Operas which fused jazz and marital arts choreography, and a distinctive Afro Asian style he can call his own. By combining revolutionary politics with African and Asian musical traditions, Ho pioneered a vibrant new form of jazz deployed in service of eco-socialist ideals. Comprising leading jazz luminaries who have performed with the likes of Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, and Gil Evans, graced Ho's bands and his recorded output.

The Afro Yaqui Music Collective is a 9-piece outfit which descends from Ho's Afro Asian revolutionary ensembles and musical concepts. Led by Ben Barson, Ho's Baritone protege who "he felt has the heft and sound to represent [Ho's] assertive approach (The New York Times)," the band will include alumni of Ho's groups such as trumpet maestro Jon Mark McGowan and Aaron J. Johnson.
Theatre artist Marina Celander and multimedia artist Nejma Shea will also be joining the ensemble. On top of it all, special guest Baritone Saxophonist Calaire Daaley and Basoonist Karen Borca will be performing Fred's work and new works as well!

To all of this, the Afro Yaqui Music Collective has invited the Cuban trumpet and keyboard virtuoso Albertico Lescay to perform with the collective. Ho was long interested in the ways that the cultures of the African diaspora have contributed to the formation of jazz and a transnational consciousness embedded in the music. Lescay's work is no stranger to these themes, which embeds in complex harmonic and melodic arrangements the ritual and functional music of his hometown of Santiago de Cuba.

Ginny's Supper Club was a special location for Mr. Ho. Despite refusing to perform in clubs or bars since the late 1980s, Ho felt Ginny's was an exceptional venue, and organized a special series of concerts towards the end of his life. He unofficially inaugurated the downstairs Supper Club with his tribute to Black Power activist and under-recognized composer Cal Massey's Black Liberation Movement Suite, which jazz critic Will Friedwald in his review of Ho's interpretation in the Wall Street Journal, wrote "was well worth the 40 year wait that it took to be heard." Massey, who performed at the original Red Rooster with Charlie Parker, would have understood Ho as a fellow visionary iconoclast.
Venue Information:
Ginny's Supper Club
310 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY, 10027