Michael J. Ross & Company, featuring Fred Johnson

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  • Date: November 9, 2023 Thu
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Side Door
  • Tickets: $25-$50

$50, $40.
General Admission: $30.

Doors open at 6:30pm for seating.

Michael J. Ross and Company perform music from their latest album Giraffe. Joining the band is guest vocalist, Fred Johnson. Musicians include Michael J. Ross, bass; Daniel Jordan, saxophone/flute; Anthony Aldissi, piano/Rhodes; and Walt Hubbard, drums.

Two sets with intermission.

Bassist and Composer Michael Ross continues to captivate audiences with his exceptional skill and dedication to musical excellence.

Hailing from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Michael spent his early years being mentored by bassists Cecil McBee, Dee Moses, and Jim Miller, transforming his artistic trajectory in profound ways.

Within the vibrant music scene of Tampa Bay, Michael assumed leadership roles in two renowned and award-winning groups, Liquid Bebop and later the Michael Ross Quartet. Their albums, including “Doghouse” (2000), “Dog Eat Dog” (2002), “Year of the Dog” (2004), and his album “Ginger” (2014), stand as testament to their masterful fusion of genres. His latest work, “Giraffe” (2023), featuring a mix of new original material and his fresh take on jazz classics, is a testament to his unyielding passion for musical exploration.

Collaborating as a side-man with esteemed musicians such as Nat Adderley, Jimmie Cobb, Herbie Mann, Nathen Page, and countless others, Michael has left an indelible mark on the musical landscapes of Florida and the southern region of the U.S.

Embarking on his latest creative journey, the artist finds himself immersed in a captivating artistic collaboration with the vocalist, Fred Johnson. Powered by collective imagination and fueled by audience input, their performances are a mesmerizing display of raw improvisation. Every note, lyric, and rhythm springs to life in the moment, leaving spectators awe-inspired.

Michael’s artistic journey is defined by his unwavering passion, visionary approach, and a spirit that continues to captivate the realm of music. With each composition and performance, he invites audiences onto his musical voyage, where new realms of possibility unfold.

“Michael Ross possesses one of the FATTEST acoustic bass sounds you’ll likely hear.” –All About Jazz

“A bedrock melodist in much the same manner as Charlie Haden, possessing a dark, sustaining tone…, and his compositions are both thoughtful and swinging.” –Cadence

“Bassist Michael Ross and his Quartet might signify the best-kept secret in modern jazz.” –All About Jazz

Presented by Michael J. Ross.

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