Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Home safe after a summer marathon!

Fred took off just after his 73rd birthday on a marathon of a tour period that finally finished Sunday when he flew home from some rescheduled fun with Mister PC at the Jazz in Fort Ecluse series. Many thanks for the warm welcome to Mister PC and family, Adriano Bassanini, and the beautiful staff and fans of the Fort located on the French side of the border with Switzerland.

The week before found Fred touring the scenic Pacific Northwest with the youngsters of the band Object Heavy and special guests including Rashaan Ahmad, former Jill Scott trumpeter Farnell Newton and saxophonist Christopher Boa. Many thanks to the whole crew, including our friends at Humboldt Green, the Hummingbird Healing Center and Northcoast Horticulture Supply.

Enjoy the photos below.

Up next, fans in Toronto, Canada, can catch Fred for free with Abraham Inc at the Ashkenaz Festival on Sept. 3. Then on Sept. 14, he'll be a special guest with the James Brown Band at the Charleston (SC) Music Hall. Watch for possible added dates in October, then see him Oct. 30 in Greensboro, NC, with the Healing Blues Project.
Behind Seattle's Nectar Lounge (photo by Jamie VanBuhler)
Mount Shasta on the road to Eugene, Oregon
Further on down the road...
Across the bridge view of the For the Funk of It Festival site in Belden, CA
View from the 100-year-old bridge into Belden.
Another bridge on the way.
Crossing the bridge into San Francisco.
After a quick Marin County session for drummer Tanasa Daniel, with bassist Angeline Saris.
Backstage in Seattle with Skerik.
Fred near a Fort Ecluse window overlooking the Rhone river
Sunset view from another fort window
Onstage at Fort Ecluse with Mister PC.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Set in San Francisco after success in Europe

Fred flew from France to San Francisco, where he'll start five shows with the band Object Heavy after he and his fellow yoemen of funk, the New JBs, spent 33 days spreading the finest in funk all o'er Italy, France, Croatia and the UK.




Many thanks to the many fans and worker bees who made it such a spectacularly fun and funky good time in Europe. Highlights included a Venezia Jazz Festival show that was almost rained out, Pee Wee Ellis sitting in in London, Fred's grandson Cole and daughter Lya visiting in France, and crossing paths with Maceo Parker in Marciac, France.




Click here for video from Noale, Italy (thank you Enrico Miglioranzi), and enjoy these family photos.
Laughing backstage in Marciac with Maceo and Phillip Whack.



Backstage interview in Marciac



Bruce Cox on the big screen in Marciac

Fred on the Marciac big screen
Fred and the band minus guitarist Reggie Ward chilling after dinner in Toulouse.


Onstage at the Bout du Monde (End of the World) Fest near Crozon, France


View from the Theatre du Mer in Sete, France


Onstage at the Fiest a Sete.


Post backstage interview in Sete.


Backstage reunion with Lucky Peterson in Sete.


Onstage in Sete.

Interview backstage in Sete





Cole and Lya in Paris.

Having Haggis in Perth, Scotland.


Onstage in Perth for the Southern Fried Festival.


Onstage in the Famous Spiegeltent in Edinburg, Scotland.


Backstage with a young trombone player in Zadar, Croatia.


Backstage interview in Zadar.




View from the Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar, venue of the Zadar Jazz and Blues Fest.


Fred with trombonist/video contributor Enrico Miglioranzi.

Monday, July 25, 2016

In Italy, Croatia- and UK-bound!


Fred and company are closing out the Venezia Jazz Festival and closing out 19 days in Italy tonight at the fort Rocco di Tempesta in the Venice suburb of Noale. 

They'll head east and enjoy a night off in an Adriatic resort in Zadar, Croatia, before playing the Zadar Jazz and Blues Fest on Wednesday.

From there they'll fly to the UK for hits at Edinburg's Famous Spiegeltent, at the Southern Fried Festival in Perth and finally at the hot Under the Bridge venue in London.

After a hard-earned five-day rest, they'll finish this summer's touring with these three festivals in France:
Aug. 6 -- Crozon, France






Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Moving on with memories of Umbria Jazz!

The Umbria Jazz Festival has wrapped up and Fred and company are moving into the next phase of their four-week summer European tour. Many thanks to the whole team for making it such a wonderful festival, including the band's host Laura Massini. Also thanks for the memories to all the other musicians, including the Allan Harris Band, George Clinton and Parliament, and Melody Gardot trumpeter Shareef Clayton.

Allan Harris joining in on "House Party."
Backstage with George Clinton.
With New JBs drummer Bruce Cox and P-Funkers Lige Curry and Eric McFadden.
With P-Funker Gary "Mudbone" Cooper
With Shareef Clayton sitting in on "Pass the Peas"
A magnificent Umbria view at sunset
With manager Joya and host Laura.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Enjoying Umbria Jazz!

Halfway through the 10 days of the Umbria Jazz Festival, Fred met up backstage with old friends guitarist John Scofield and festival artistic director Carlo Pagnotta, as well as young gun Kamasi Washington.

Fred, Scofield, Washington, Pagnotta.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Set to start a hot summer at Umbria Jazz!

Fred is excited about heading to Italy tomorrow to start his next tour with an exciting 10-day residency at the fabled Umbria Jazz Festival, which this year features artists including Marcus Miller, Diana Krall, Chick Corea, George Clinton, Buddy Guy, Ron Carter, Kumasi Washington, Peditro Martinez and many more. Fred and the New JBs play free outdoor concerts July 8-17.

Thank you to photographer Paul Nathan for this portrait of Fred with his excited face taken backstage last month at the Chicago Blues Festival. Also many thanks to director Jeneene Brown-Mosley, her team, Fernando Jones and all the Chicago fans for helping make it such a funky good time. Scroll down for some family photos and click here, here and here for more photos from the Chicago Sun Times.




A view of the damage in South Carolina
Fred celebrated his 73rd birthday July 4 with love and wishes from friends and fans around the world (thank you!), after a bit of personal drama courtesy of Mother Nature. A small tornado put a tree through the roof of his bedroom! No one was hurt, he and the family have been riding it out at a nearby hotel, and repairs are almost complete.

From Umbria the tour continues through Italy, the UK and France, and includes a stop in Zadar, Croatia. Here are all the dates with links for purchasing tickets.  

July 19 -- Suzzara, Italy (free)
July 20 -- Palermo, Italy
July 21 -- Ancona, Italy
July 22 -- Poretta Soul Fest
July 23 -- Catania, Italy
July 25 -- Noale, Italy
July 27 -- Zadar, Croatia
Aug. 6 -- Crozon, France
New JBs horn section before their Chicago set.

Fred with his Chicago cousin Joshua Edwards

Set to start a hot summer at Umbria Jazz!

Fred is excited about heading to Italy tomorrow to start his next tour with an exciting 10-day residency at the fabled Umbria Jazz Festival, which this year features artists including Marcus Miller, Diana Krall, Chick Corea, George Clinton, Buddy Guy, Ron Carter, Kumasi Washington, Peditro Martinez and many more. Fred and the New JBs play free outdoor concerts July 8-17.

Thank you to photographer Paul Nathan for this portrait of Fred with his excited face taken backstage last month at the Chicago Blues Festival. Also many thanks to director Jeneene Brown-Mosley, her team, Fernando Jones and all the Chicago fans for helping make it such a funky good time. Scroll down for some family photos and click here, here and here for more photos from the Chicago Sun Times.




A view of the damage in South Carolina
Fred celebrated his 73rd birthday July 4 with love and wishes from friends and fans around the world (thank you!), after a bit of personal drama courtesy of Mother Nature. A small tornado put a tree through the roof of his bedroom! No one was hurt, he and the family have been riding it out at a nearby hotel, and repairs are almost complete.

From Umbria the tour continues through Italy, the UK and France, and includes a stop in Zadar, Croatia. Here are all the dates with links for purchasing tickets.  

July 19 -- Suzzara, Italy (free)
July 20 -- Palermo, Italy
July 21 -- Ancona, Italy
July 22 -- Poretta Soul Fest
July 23 -- Catania, Italy
July 27 -- Zadar, Croatia
Aug. 6 -- Crozon, France
New JBs horn section before their Chicago set.
Fred with his Chicago cousin Joshua Edwards