Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On "Unsung," on TV One tonight!

Fred was interviewed in Nashville last fall for a special tribute to James Brown airing tonight on the TV-One program "Unsung." It's not a usual edition of "Unsung," since JB clearly wasn't, but it's the first of a planned series of special tributes. The episode premieres tonight at 8pm Eastern. Check local listings and click here for more details.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Remembering Clyde Stubblefield

Fred and family are among those mourning the passing of legendary James Brown drummer Clyde Subblefield, and sending love to his family and management.

"He was the funkiest drummer in the world and he was one of my best friends," Fred said.  "I loved him a lot and I will miss him a lot."

The two last played together in November at the San Francisco Funk Festival as guests of the James Brown Dance Party. This photo is from 2012, when Clyde was a guest with Fred's New JBs at the same festival.

Clyde and Fred at the San Francisco Funk Festival in 2012.

Fred, Clyde and John "Jabo" Starks

Friday, February 17, 2017

Paying it forward

A young trombonist in Fred's hometown has a new horn and a new mentor thanks to his band director's public appeal and Fred's generous response. Ashley Ringold made this Facebook post (thoughtfully blacking out Fred's number) about her son Ashton's good fortune.

Gertie Wesley, Fred's first wife, saw this news report on Mobile, Alabama's Channel 15 about Scarborough Middle School's dire need for instruments. She sent Fred a text, called up the band director, and the rest is history. The trombone Fred gave Ashton was one he demonstrated for Chinese maker Jinbao. Click here to see the demonstration.

In other news, last weekend's gig in Denver with the James Brown Dance Party was a blast that also gave Fred a chance to connect with friends from the Foundation of Funk project and Lettuce.

Backstage photo by mpaphotography.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Miami, Denver, Washington, DC...

Many thanks to Jose Elias and team at Community Arts and Culture for being such wonderful hosts of the event Saturday at the North Beach Band Shell. Also thanks to Chad Bernstein and team at Guitars Over Guns for hosting Fred at one of its middle school sites. Click here for coverage of the show at, including video.

Fred with Guitars Over Guns students and staff.
Fred backstage with 14-year-old trombonist JG Kerr.
Fred onstage with the New JBs. Photo by Susan Caplan.
Up next, join Fred in Denver when he guests again with the James Brown Dance Party at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Click here for tickets.

Then, on March 9, join Fred outside Washington, DC, as the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" pays tribute to him and his music at the annual American Trombone Workshop at Fort Myer, Virginia. Click here for more information.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Charleston, Miami, Denver, Paris ...

Fred set a prayerful tone for 2017 with his first gig of the year -- the annual Hymns & Spirituals concert by the Mark Sterbank Group. This year's show -- the 17th annual -- was held at East Cooper Baptist Church on Jan. 22 and featured Fred with Mark on saxophone, Charlton Singleton on trumpet, Herman Burney on bass, Quentin Baxter on drums and Demetrius Doctor on keys.

Next on the horizon is his appearance at Miami's North Beach Band Shell this coming Saturday night, with his band the New JBs including longtime friend Doug Carn substituting on keyboards. Roosevelt Collier and student musicians from Guitars Over Guns also will perform. Click here for tickets.

The following week he'll take a trip to Denver, Colorado, where he'll be a guest with the James Brown Dance Party for a double-venue funk night Feb. 11 at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Click here for tickets.

Finally, funk musicians and would-be funk musicians in or near Paris should register now for Fred's Funk Workshop on May 19-20, 2017. See details and video in the flyer below.

Association K'Dense organise
Un stage de FUNK dirigé par Fred Wesley 
les 19 & 20 Mai 2017

Ce stage propose à des amateurs de tous niveaux et tous âges, jouant dans des fanfares et des groupes, de côtoyer et d’accompagner pendant deux jours le tromboniste américain Fred Wesley, collaborateurs de James Brown et spécialistes de funk.
Les stagiaires, réunit en grand orchestre, vivront une aventure musicale dans un cadre professionnel et convivial. L’aboutissement de cette session se conclura par un concert avec Fred Wesley. Plus de 15h de stage; peuvent y participer une section rythmique (basse batterie, guitares et clavier), et chant.
Faut-il encore présenter Fred Wesley, le plus funky des trombonistes ? celui qui a composé House Party, Pass The Peas et bien d'autres tubes.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Home planning a happy new year!

Happy New Year from Fred to all his funky family!

The year 2016 ended on a fun note with the ATL Collective's annual James Brown Christmas Party. Legendary drummer Bernard Purdie was the other special guest of the evening, which featured great vocal and instrumental performances, and a special presentation to the late, great James Brown's youngest daughter, Yamma. Scroll down for photos.

Fred's first gig of 2017 will be Sunday, Jan. 22 with the Mark Sterbank Group at the 12th Annual Hymns & Spirituals Jazz Concert, presented by Charleston Southern University and happening this year at East Cooper Baptist Church, 361 Egypt Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.

On Feb. 4, Miami will have its first-ever experience of Fred Wesley and the New JBs as part of the Day at the Beach Concert Series at the North Beach Band Shell. The evening also will include Roosevelt Collier and the Phunk Phactory. Click here for tickets.

In other news, check out two albums featuring Fred released in 2016: Pioneering Moroccan artist Ahmed Soultan's "Music Has No Boundaries" and Amsterdam-based saxophonist Susanne Alt's "Saxify."

Finally, our friends at Bambooka have t-shirts emblazoned with a pic of Fred rocking a pair of the specialty sunglasses. Click here to buy one. Proceeds from the T-shirts, like the glasses, support the organization's unique mission.

Yamma and Fred
Bernard Purdie, ATL Collective's Kevin Scott and Fred

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Back from overseas, heading to the ATL

After swinging through Europe and the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, Fred is heading to Atlanta on Friday for a second annual appearance with the ATL Collective for their James Brown Funky Christmas Show at Terminal West. Click here for tickets.

He returned to the States on Monday after a relatively quick tour that began at the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens, Greece, moved through the Bayerischer Hof Jazz Club in Munich, the New Morning in Paris and finished at the Ilojazz Festival in Guadeloupe. Enjoy these photos, including the final stage portrait from Greece by Sotiris Kontos (thanks, Sotiris!).

Onstage in the Place de la Victoire in Point-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Backstage after the show with one of the chief organizers, Jocelyn.

Backstage with former Miss Guadeloupe, Nancy, and special guest Pee Wee Ellis
The view from the Le Creole Hotel and Spa.
Backstage in Paris with special guest Omar.
Backstage with Agathe Iracema.
Taking a bow in Athens.
Athens performance shot by Sotiris.