Black Studies Program

Fred Wheatt

Fred Wheatt has been a great musician, producer, administrator, teacher, speaker, and crusader on the Cleveland jazz scene. A native Clevelander, Wheatt was the founding father of a jazz program which was the predecessor for the famed Tri-C Jazz Fest. He, himself, has played with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O'Jays, Barry White & The Love Unlimited Orchestra, Lou Rawls, The Drifters, Jackie Wilson, Sammie Davis, Jr., Bill Cosby, and Patti Page. In addition to playing jazz, Wheatt is the Founder and President of Hall of Fame Productions, a music, entertainment and sports productions and sports productions and management firm. He is also the founder of The Wheatt Foundation, a non-profit organization educationally promoting the performing arts. As if all this wasn't enough, he has continued to give workshops and lectures on concert implementation throughout the U.S., and acts as a conductor, arranger, and composer for Melting Pot, a gospel jazz orchestra he founded. Since 2001, he has been researching and developing a documentary regarding Cleveland's African-American Jazz Scene. Wheatt holds a Doctorate degree in law from Cleveland State University.