Above: From his one-person musical, "Tales From The Black West" celebrating the lives and accomplishments of over 30,000 African Americans who served in the role of cowpunching in the American, "Old West".
Top Right: Br. John portrys a young TOM BASS (the "High-Hatted Horseman).
Born into slavery-1859 in Boone County, MO. Tom rose to world wide status as a celebrated, horse whisperer, trainer, high school show horse performer and creator of the famed, "AMERICAN ROYAL HORSESHOW", gaining over 3,000 equestrian awards to his over 40 year career.
"I can only give to someone what I'm first able to give and receive for myself."
Motivational Storyteller, Cultural Historian,
"I Live To Learn so to Share!"
Note: Programs have general running time of 45-50 minutes and are adaptable to compliment age your special, program theme.
*Br. John's AFRICAN FOLKTALES
We'll explore basic, fast facts of the 2nd, largest continent, basic greeting and counting in several languages, practical life skills via interactive folktales, climax with an enthusiastic call and response song, "Harambee" (Coming together in Unity).
*Br. John's DOG DAYS SHOW
A fun, enthusiastic presentation that not only celebrate humankind's best friend. But, celebrate the close, canine, pet friends in Br. John's life.
*My Life On My Bike Show
Br. John shares valuable, life skills and personal lessons bicycling has taught on how to be a better, smarter, human being.
*Br. John's BOOKS ARE MY FRIENDS SHOW
A enthusiastic, interactive show full of music and script-in-hand theater, that not only illustrates how to make reading more fun. But, explores not only some of Br. John's beloved children's books. But celebrates one of his favorite places on earth-The Public Library!
Not only Kwannza is one of the special celebrations of the "Holiday Season". But, we explore it's timeless, values that make 7 day, Family Friendly event, important for everyone.
*MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. & The Legacy Of The Civil Rights Movement
In this interactive concert/workshop session, we not only explore the life of the Noble Peace Prize winner. But, discover the "who, what and why's" of the American Civil Rights Movement. As well as the many friends and influence of Dr. King.
HISTORICAL SHOWCASE THEATER
1st person portrayals of
*Lt. Patrick H. Minor-one of the 1st, African
American, Civil War officers.
*Hiram Young-Former slave, entrepreneur, richest
in Jackson County, MO.
*John "Buck" O'neil Jr.-Legendary Negro League
Baseball player, manager. 1st black MLB coach
*Tom Bass-Equestrian, Inventor, Saddlehorse
champion rider, Creator of American Royal
*TALES FROM THE BLACK WEST; The One Man Musical
Exploring the real life & times of the American Cowboy. As well as celebrating the contributions of 7,000-10,000 Black Cowpunchers.
*SECRET AGENTS OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
An enthusiastic program exploring some of the many conductors & their clandestine ways and techniques that helped thousands of fugitives to their freedom during chattel-American slavery.
*TOM BASS COMMENCEMENT
Br. John portrays the legendary, horse trainer/whisperer, inventor & saddlehorse rider-Tom Bass, who is considered over a 40 year career, to be the "Jackie Robinson of this Equine sport". Explore what helped make Tom Bass a humbled, world class success from slavery, creator of the "American Royal Saddlehorse Show" to winner of over 3,000 show performance awards.
*ARTILLERY OF FREEDOM; The Story of Lt. Patrick H. Minor
Out of over 105 African American officers of the U.S. military, Lt. Patrick H. Minor was one of the first handful to command and lead troops in the Civil War. Br. John portrays Lt. Minor. We explore the story of this man's determined passion in the fight for equality from his contribution with the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Corps, to his command and experience with the U.S. Independent Colored Light Artillery unit in the famed, "Battle Of Westport" serving as the only African American army officer in the Civil War skirmish known as the "Gettysburg Of The West".
HISTORICAL MUSICAL CONCERTS
*WE BE JAMMIN!; The Tribute To Bob Marley
*Br. John SINGS SAM COOKE; A Tribute To The Father Of Soul
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*Br. John's Sunny Side Of The Street
A musical concert tribute to classic crooners from Sinatra to Nat King Cole
*Br. John's Sunny Side Of Soul
A musical concert tribute to classic Soul, R&B singers from the Motown, Stax & Philly Soul Era
Br. John as Fashion designer "Monsieur Roger" from the interactive story-LOOKING GOOOOD!
(ABOVE) Partial Display and material used in interactive, workshop, concert "MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. & The Legacy Of The Civil Rights Movement".
(RIGHT) From the, musical tribute show,
"WE BE JAMMIN!" A tribute to human rights activist, composer & Reggae superstar-Bob Marley.
"Br. John is a vocal chameleon."
-Jerry Hooper (Leader of Brass Rewind Band)
"When I heard your MLK Jr. speech, your voice
sounded so much like Martin Luther King Jr.
-Dr. Willa Battle
(Pastor of Grace Deliverance Temple, Minneapolis, MN.)
"Br. John you are a vocal, pied piper!"
-Mike Parkinson (Trumpeter/Leader of Trinity Jazz Ensemble
"I felt suicidal this week. But, you (Br. John) helped out of my shell. I had great fun at your concert!"
(Developmentally Adult Daycare resident)
"A dynamic storyteller and true professional."
-Sheila Arnold (Founder of Artists Standing Strong)
"When are you coming back? I'm missing you already!"
(Memory Care resident)
"An honor seeing you perform. It looked like everyone was having a blast!"
-Chas Bloch (Director of Student Outreach/Fieldtrips)
Urban Youth Baseball Academy
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*Join tribute vocalist-Br. John & guitarist-Rick Cole at the American Jazz Museum for "NEO SOUL on the Vine".
Every second Friday of the month.
American Jazz Musuem-1616 E. 18th Street, KCMO
Above: Br. John in the mountain town of Dressekie (St. Mary's Parish) Jamaica, storytelling and engaging with a group of children.
Every 1st Friday, Catch the famed "Jazz Storytellers -Lisa Henry, Mike Warren, Tyrone Clark & Br. John @ the American Jazz Museum, 10:00AM
It's Family, Friendly, Music,
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