Fred's first concerts of the year are close to home in Charleston, South Carolina. Tickets are on sale now for the 10th anniversary Hymns & Spirituals jazz concert by the Mark Sterbank Group featuring Fred, and for the inaugural Charleston International Jazz Festival.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Enjoy these family photos, then scroll down for photos from the concert by Amy Ronnie.
|Hugh with fans in Soweto.|
|Lunch at Sakhumzi|
|Dwayne, Bruce, Joel and Fred.|
|Greeting fans after the show.|
Forty years after the famed "Rumble in the Jungle" and its accompanying soul music festival in Kinshasa, Matombi Productions brought Fred back to the Congo for "Soul Power Week."
Among the films screened were "Soul Power" and "Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon." Among participants was Fela biographer and scholar Carlos Moore, who interviewed Fred and led a group visit to Matombi, the point of departure for an estimated 200 million people sold in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Many thanks for a meaningful and enjoyable trip to Matombi Productions and its extended family.
|Jamming with local players at Iguana Cafe.|
|Fred onstage in Pointe-Noire (photo by Rene Vernice).|
|"Slammeur" Gilles Douta speaking during the opening news conference, with translator Christina whispering in Fred's ear.|
|Drummer Bruce Cox dancing with a member of the Teke Cultural Association.|
|Fred visiting with local children during the Teke performance.|
|Workshop with local musicians.|
|Fred being interviewed by Carlos Moore.|
|The view from Matombi, the neglected point of departure.|
|Fred and Carlos at Matombi.|
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Fred gathered his New JBs for a tour of Europe that began Wednesday in Bressanone-Brixen. Before that they played Herb Kent's anniversary party in Chicago.
Fred began his latest run of activity appearing with George Clinton and company at Berklee College of Music's annual fundraising gala, followed by a quick trip to Japan with the Icons of Funk featuring Leo Nocentelli, Bernie Worrell, Stanton Moore and Bill Dickens. Enjoy these photos.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Keep scrolling for shots from the recording session last week for Sid Whelan's forthcoming blues album. Whelan hired Fred to write horn arrangements and conduct the horn sessions, giving a warm up for the blues album he will record in January. With New JBs second saxophonist Phillip Whack on sax and Eleazar Shafer on trumpet, Fred put horns on eight tunes over two days at Chris Garge's Old House Studio in Charlotte, NC, with engineer Mark Williams at the board. Thanks, Sid and Phillip and El and Chris and Mixer Mark!
|Funky Fred on the red carpet at the premiere.|
With the Rev. Al Sharpton.
|With jazz singer Melissa Walker.|
|With bassist Christian McBride, film director Alex Gibney, |
former JB singer Martha High and dancer Ann Norman.
|With Michael Veal and Alex Gibney at NPR.|
|With Christian McBride after taping |
a laughter-filled interview for Weekend Edition at NPR.
|With Sid Whelan at the Old House Studio in Charlotte|
|Blowing with Phillip Whack and Eleazar Shafer|
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Fred had a funky good time in a slightly different style last month on three dates with The Start Point, an Italian jazz fusion band that usually features drummer Dennis Chambers but this time featured Lee Pearson. The Start Point includes Marcello Sutero on bass, Alessandro Atlarocca and Nicola Peruch on keyboards, Javier Eduardo Maffei on saxophones with Robin Ruggero on guitar. Many thanks to the band and to photographers Francesco Magnani and Guilio Cianchini for these photos.
|Nicola, Robin, Javier, Fred, Marcello, Lee and Alessadro in Cervia.|
|Onstage on Isola D'Elba (Elba Island).|