Tonight my heart grew heavy as I stopped by Sika’s shop during the Art Walk and saw a memorial tribute honoring Fred Horn, this was the firs time I heard that Fred Horn had passed away. He passed a couple of weeks ago due to health complications related to diabetes and high blood pressure.
I last saw Fred at Kaos Network two Art Walks ago in November. Ben Caldwell was holding a filmmaker’s symposium where Fred and I had a chance to share some laughs with the crowd and give props to Ben for keeping his finger on the pulse of the Village.
Back in the 90’s, when I worked at 5th Street Dick’s Coffee Company and Jazz Emporium, Fred was a regular fixture amongst the chess players and cultural elites who stayed until the wee hours of the morning, listening to the loud jazz music, sipping hot coffee and tea while swapping verbs, nouns and adjectives in the vibrant huddle of the neon cloaked faces.Strong spirit and historical landmark he was is and always will be in the hearts and minds of those who knew him or encountered his vibe. Here’s a video interview of Fred Horn that was posted here by another good long time friend, Roscoe Lee Owens: Fred Horn Interview in Leimert Park