Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Home safe; set for Switzerland

Fred and his New JBs bid farewell to France at the La Ferte Jazz Festival, where painter Pascal Martos memorialized Fred on canvas.

He's got a short break before heading back to Europe to play in Switzerland with bassist Mr. PC, aka Pierangelo Crescenzio.

Enjoy these photos.
Leaving La Ferte.

Fred with Pascal Martos and his work.

Celebrating New JBs bassist Dwayne Dolphin in Bologna.

Bologna from the air.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Back in Paris, back with the New JBs

Fred and his New JBs closed out this year's jazz festival Sunday in Dudelange. The first night of the New JBs tour marked the 12th night in a row for Fred, who finished up his Generations trio tour with a hot Sabado noche in Barcelona. 

After a much-needed night off, the band continues its tour starting tonight at Le Sax in Acheres, where Fred posed for the photo below with artist Renald Zapata, who immortalized Fred on the venue's wall. 

Next up: Le Blanc Mesnil on Wednesday: the New Morning in Paris on Thursday: Bologna on Friday, Massa Carrara Saturday and the La Ferte Festival on Sunday.

Gracias to photographer Adrien Tillmann for the other photo, from Saturday.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Rochester to Spain to Paris

The singular sound that comes through Fred's trombone is reverberating through Spain right now. He's touring with Love Supreme Musica and the Generations trio with 24-year-old Leonardo Corradi on organ and Parisian drummer Tony Match. Fred´s grooving with the Jimmy Smith-inspired repetoir and he and audiences are loving it, but he still feels a little like he´s cheating on his New JBs.

Luckily, there's enough Fred to go around. The 11-city Spanish tour wrap up with shows tonight in Santiago, Friday in Irun and Saturday in Barcelona.

On Sunday he starts a New JBs tour that will include shows near Paris rescheduled after the bombings last November. That tour, courtesy of Musikburo Pfankuch and partners begins Sunday in Dudelange, then continues through AcheresLe Blanc MesnilParisBolognaMassa Carrara and
La Ferte.

Enjoy these photos from the Spain tour, and from the weekend before when he joined Christian McBride and Maceo Parker to celebrate Pee Wee Ellis´induction into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

Hell Dorado
Sitting in with the Gastiez Big Band.


Sala Ego LiveAlcalá de Henares

Sala Clamores, Madrid

Sala Cochera, Malaga

Rochester, New York

With second'-generation WDKX station owner Andre Langston
Pee Wee with Cecelia Calloway, whose father Cab Calloway also is an inductee.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Back from an amazin' Arabian funk experience!

With the help of Bill Bragin et al, Pee Wee Ellis and other visionaries, with some of his fellow world's funkiest musicians, Fred spread his magic through Arabia earlier this month as part of the development and premiere of FUNK: Evolution of the Revolution. The show was an electrifying funk immersion experience and celebration that succeeded in demonstrating the music's boundary-busting power.

In addition to providing the space and resources to develop the show that now will begin touring the world, Fred's two-week residency at NYU Abu Dhabi included workshops, panel discussions and delicious other opportunities for cultural exchange. Many thanks and much respect to all who were involved, including:

Pee Wee Ellis, co-music director
Brian Hardgroove, bassist and artistic director
Fred Ross, main vocalist
Carleen Anderson, guest vocalist
Chad Bernstein, trombonist and arranger
Gary Winters, trumpeter and arranger
Ernie Fields Jr., saxophonist and arranger
John Mader, drummer
Tony Remy, guitarist
Dan Moore, keyboardist
Add-2, rapper
Nicodemus, DJ
Hamdan Al-Abri, guest vocalist
Zain Awad (and family!), guest vocalist
Dr. Amir Al-Islam (and family!), host

Enjoy these photos.

Carleen Anderson onstage. (Photo by Waleed Shah)
Fred with sound(wo)man Estelle Galloway
Fred with Dr. Amir Al-Islam.
Pee Wee and Fred with guest vocalist Hamdan Al-Abri.
Pee Wee and Fred with New JBs trumpeter Gary Winters
Pee Wee and Fred with intern Sale
Fred with drummer John Mader.
Fred and bassist/artistic director Brian Hardgroove.
Fred with NYU producer Alana Barraj and New JBs saxophonist Ernie Fields Jr.
Fred with guest local drummers Ibrahim and Hamdan.
Fred speaks at the Dr. Al-Islam-hosted pre-screening discussion for "The Night James Brown Saved Boston."
Fred with Chad Bernstein.
Add-2 onstage during the show/ (Photo by Chad Bernstein)
Gary Winters' Funk 101 master classs.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ready to get down in Abu Dhabi!

The two-week residency at NYU Abu Dhabi to create the show FUNK: Evolution of the Revolution is coming to a close: the world premiere is tonight.
The show is free and open to the public in the campus' outdoor plaza. Funkateers anywhere in the area will be sad if they miss it.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

On the brink of The Blues

Booked to play the Chicago Blues Festival with his band on June 11, Fred is renewing efforts to fund his Tribute to The Blues album. Many thanks to the supporters who contributed to the Indiegogo campaign, which raised $1159.20, which along with the $1000 previous gift, leaves $37,840.80 to be raised toward the $40,000 budget.

The album, which Fred has had on his heart for several years, will pay tribute to classic Blues artists including Bobby Blue Bland, Champion Jack Dupree and Earl King. Here are some of his thoughts about it.


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P.O. Box 13526 
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Thank you!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Returning to Spain with Generations

April 26-May 7 will find Fred touring Spain again with Leonardo Corradi and Tony Match of the Generations Trio. For a taste of what that might look like, check out these photos from the trio's stop at the Empty Space Theatre in Molfetta, Italy, during its January tour. Thank you to photographer Giovanna Sodano for these great shots.