(OCALA, Fla.) April 15, 2009… “Ya’Gozo” is derived from the Spanish word “gozar” and the expression means to have already enjoyed or had a great time. That is what is in store for guests and members who come to hear Ya’Gozo, The Latin Jazz Band during After Hours at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida on Friday, May 8. Doors open at 5 p.m., music begins at 6 p.m. and admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Formed in 1996 in Jacksonville, the members of Ya’Gozo specialize in performing a rich flavor of rhythms and cultural styles that range from Latin, Funk and Smooth Jazz to Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean. The group’s talent and popularity in clubs and fairs throughout the Southeastern U.S. has made it possible for them to perform recently with seven-time award-winning pianist Eddie Palmieri, national recording artist Nestor Torres and smooth jazz artist Ed Calle.

Ya’Gozo’s most recent albums include “Summer Time” and “Live at Adagio Jazz Club.” Members are Al Ortiz (drums/percussion), Scott Readamaker (alto/tenor/flute), Julio Bello (acoustic piano), Felix Colon (congas, minor percussion/bata), Gustavo Barraza (bass), and Rachael Wilcox (vocalist).

Guests at the Appleton’s After Hours can also tour the museum’s galleries and view world-class collections of European, American, Asian, African and pre-Columbian art, plus “Playing Around,” an exhibition that includes surreal, contemporary and pop art by such artists as Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder, Kenny Scharf and others.

The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Mondays. In addition to daily admission, a 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for college students and current or retired educators.

Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, just east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit