Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gearing up for Europe in July!

Fred fans can catch him in Europe with the New JBs in the following places on the following upcoming dates:

Click the links above to buy tickets now. Click here to see video from a performance earlier this year at the Conegliano Jazz & Blues, courtesy of soundchess.tv.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

At Funk Night in Napa Valley

Fred guested with Brian Culbertson and friends during the Friday Funk Night at Brian's Napa Jazz Getaway. The high-energy band had a great time with Fred and his compositions including "House Party," "No One" and the Horny Horns favorite "Four Play." It was a hot weekend in more ways than one, and gave Fred a chance to visit with friends new and old, including comedian Alonzo Bodden, and Jerry Martin, Greg Errico, Cynthia Robinson of The Family Stone, who opened the show.

Soundchecking at the Lincoln Theatre in Yountville.



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Getting away to Napa; digging "The Story of Ike Dupree"

This Friday night will find Fred at Brian Culbertson's Napa Jazz Getaway. He is a featured guest for the Funk Show with Brian and Friends, along with Eric Darius, Marqueal Jordon and Eric Marienthal. Comedian Alonzo Bodden and The Family Stone also will appear. Click here for ticket information.


In other news, Fred is celebrating the release of the fruit of his labor with Sid WhelanThe Story of Ike Dupree. Click here to get it now.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Redway today; Abu Dhabi in April!

The 39th Annual Summer Arts and Music Festival in the Benbow Lake State Recreation Area near Redway, CA, happens this weekend, and Fred will be there today as a guest of the band Motherlode.

In other news, the new Arts Center at New York University's Abu Dhabi campus has announced its 2015-2016 season, and Fred is in it. He is co-music director with Pee Wee Ellis of the project Funk: Evolution of a Revolution. The April 2016 event is the world premiere of the project, "an explosive multi-media show that tells the story of the evolution of music that changed the world, led by two of its most important architects."


Pee Wee and Fred in Koln, Germany, 2013. (Photo by Heinrich Buttler)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Flashing back to the '70s!

Benjamin Wheelock of Salon.com took Fred back to the '70s for a feature on this classic Horny Horns album.
Click here to see the interview and hear the music again.

Fred Wesley by Alex Hinchcliffe
In other news, fans in or near Stockholm should check out photographer Alex Hinchcliffe's new exhibition of portraits, which started with a portrait of Fred.

From a translated section of the exhibition's description: "Alex Hinchcliffes photographic work “Ett Steg Närmare” (One Step Closer in Swedish) consists of close to a hundred portraits of musicians. Among the photographs we find Bobby Womack, Amiri Baraka, Mark E. Smith, Robert Glasper, Lonnie Liston Smith and Thurston Moore. The project started in 2010 when Alex photographed funk master Fred Wesley in his hotel room before a gig."

Click here to view the Facebook invitation.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Heading back to sea on Jam Cruise 14!

Fred will be in the company of Dr. John and a range of talented artists when he sets sail in January on Jam Cruise 14. Ahoy!


Many thanks to Sin Qua Non and Bohemian Caverns in Washington, DC, for a fun weekend of great music. Sin Qua Non is Michael Bowie on bass, Mark Prince on drums, Victor Provost on steel pan and Lyle Link on reeds. Special thanks, too, to guest vocalist Christie DeShields.

Michael, Victor, Fred, Lyle, Mark and Christy
Finally, thanks to Jack Carpenter, who straightened out Fred's slightly skewed horn on Friday morning!

Fred with Chuck Levin's brass technician Jack Carpenter