Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Fred Ho (1957-2014)
Not one to shy away from the spotlight nor run from an ideological fight, he enlisted in the Marines and, upon his discharge, attended Harvard University. He moved to New York City in the early 1980s, formed the Afro Asian Music Ensemble (one of many large ensembles that he would go on to lead which included the Green Monster Big Band, the Monkey Orchestra and the Saxophone Liberation Front.) He also appeared in the Julius Hemphill Sextet, the Charli Persip Superband, the Gil Evans Orchestra and Archie Shepp's Attica Blues Big Band. He had a "huge sound" yet could whisper and purr when he so desired.
During his busy life, Fred Ho worked to change and to free people's minds. He fought conformity, mediocrity, capitalism as well as racial and gender inequality. He fought to his last breath, never gave up hope and never gave in to depression. He stands out as a musician, as a social activist and as a human being. Bless him, he could certainly play the baritone saxophone His spirit lives on to spur others into action to make this often uncaring world a better place for all people. To find out more, go to www.bigredmediainc.com/.