Youngstown amp hosts jazz, gospel events

Tribune Chronicle

Two events previously held on Central Square in downtown Youngstown move to the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre this weekend.

Grammy winner Norman Brown will perform at the Youngstown Wine and Jazz Festival on Saturday and Grammy nominee James Fortune will headline the fourth 2Deep Entertainment Gospel Festival on Sunday.

Brown has sold nearly two million albums of his guitar-driven jazz since his 1992 debut and has worked with such contemporary jazz superstars as Boney James, Dave Koz and Gerald Albright. He won a 2002 Grammy for best pop instrumental album “Just Chillin’,” the same year he began touring with Kirk Whalum, saxophone, and Rick Braun, trumpet, in the jazz supergroup BWB.

His latest album is “The Highest Act of Love,” which features appearances by vocalist Denise Williams and guitar player Paul Brown.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $25 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission.

Fortune has released eight albums in his career, starting with his 2004 debut “You Survived” and is known for such songs as “I Am,” “Favor of God,” “I Believe” and “I Trust You.” He received two Grammy nominations in 2012 for best gospel song (“Hold On”) and best gospel album (“Identity”).

Also performing will be Disciples of Praise and the Warren City Wide Youth Choir.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and music starts at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $13 to $33.

Tickets for both events are available at the Covelli Centre’s Southwoods Health box office and through Ticketmaster.