Sunday, November 9, 2014

Where's Fred? Welcomed to Italy

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.

Anreiter Keller in Bressanone-Brixen (photo by Gary Winters)
Onstage in Chicago.
Onstage in Osaka.
Onstage with the P-Funk Mob.
Backstage with George Clinton.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mr. Dynamite and the blues

Fred made a dash to NYC this week for an intimate premiere of the HBO documentary "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown." Check local listings to hear him talk about it this Sunday on NPR's "Weekend Edition," and Monday on NPR's "Here and Now." And enjoy the photos below.

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

Isola D'Elba and Cervia, Italy

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).

Thursday, September 4, 2014

London, Austin; Sao Paulo, Tuscany, La Reunion

Where's Fred? Home having a short break before next week's shows in Austin, London, and across Italy with the Generations Trio. Here are some pictures from his recent adventures in Sao Paulo, Tuscany and on La Reunion Island. Many thanks to our Daniel R.N. Lopes, Fabiana Laurenzi and Thomas Giraud for the great photos.

Generations (Leonardo Corradi, Fred and Tony Match) onstage with guest percussionist Marco Bosco.

Fred with Italian funk band Sex FM.
New JBs bassist Dwayne Dolphin, pianist Peter Madsen and guitarist Reggie Ward at their Opus Pocus festival soundcheck.

Drum and bass: Guido May, who filled in for Bruce Cox, with Dwayne Dolphin
Horns: Fred, Gary Winters and Phillip Whack.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Richmond Jazz Fest, La Reunion Island

Fred and the New JBs will be among an impressive lineup of jazz and funk luminaries this weekend at the Richmond Jazz Festival. They play at 3:30pm Sunday on the Dominion Stage. Other artists include Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Christian McBride, Cameo and many more.

Next up is the event at the Hollywood Bowl, where Christian is music director and Fred is among the James Brown alumni featured.

Just past is the intense and intensely funky New JBs Europe tour that finished at the wonderful Opus Pocus Muzik Festival in the farthest flung department of France, La Reunion Island, a heavenly speck of land between Madagascar and Mauritius. Before flying home Tuesday he made a quick stop in Italy for a guest appearance with Italian funksters Sex FM.

Enjoy these photos.

Soundchecking at Opus Pocus.
Showtime at Opus Pocus.
Fred on the beach with Joya. 
Interior La Reunion beauty 
La Reunion sunset

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Where's Fred? Paris

Fred and the New JBs play the Cabaret Sauvage's Black Summer Festival tonight. It's the last in an intensely funky nine-date tour that stopped in the UK, Italy and France. Here are some scenes from along the way.
Onstage at Jazz en Liberte, Andernos Les Bains, France
With the organizers of Teano Jazz, Italy.
In a London bike taxi (photo by Emrys Baird)
Soundchecking in Puget sur Agen, France
With trombonist Alessandro Tedesco and friends
Ernie, Fred and Gary with the Fa Re Street Music Band in Teano