Friday, May 22, 2015

Flashing back to the '70s!

Benjamin Wheelock of 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

Monday, April 27, 2015

Heading to Washington, DC; Digging Socalled's new album

Fred will make a special guest appearance this weekend with the band Sin Qua Non, celebrating their new release featuring Fred, "Make it Feel Good," Friday and Saturday at Bohemian Caverns in Washington, DC. Tickets for the four shows at the legendary DC jazz club -- 8pm and 10pm each night -- can be purchased by clicking here. Also catch the DC Funk Parade before the Saturday shows!

In other news, check out the great work Socalled did with Fred and other guest artists on his new album "Peoplewatching." Click here for a free album stream on Exclaim. Fred's on the title track as well as "Never See You Again" and "Bootycaller." Congratulations, Socalled, on a job well done!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Heading to Montreaux!

Along with artists including Tony Bennett, Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride and D'Angelo, Fred Wesley and the New JBs will appear at this year's Montreaux Jazz Festival. The festival runs July 3-18; Fred and company play July 5. Click here for tickets.

Fondation du Festival de Jazz de Montreux © 2015 - Artwork by Sylvie Fleury

Friday, April 17, 2015

New Orleans in New York

It was a New Orleans funky good time Fred had at the Blue Note in New York City at the invitation of  "Big Chief" Donald Harrison. The six-night stand last week also featured Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli and trumpeter Christian Scott, Harrison's nephew.

It was a "House Party" on and off the stage, with old friends and new visiting backstage between shows. Fred also made musical memories for students and faculty at the New School, where he conducted a master class during his time in New York. 

Enjoy these photos from the week. Special thanks to photographer friend Dino Perrucci for his great shot from the Blue Note.

Fred and Donald onstage.
Leo and guitarist Russell Malone backstage.
Fred with bassist Will Lee backstage.
Leo and Fred with Horace Silver's son Greg backstage.
Jamming with students at The New School.
Fred with trombone and trumpet students.
Fred with New School faculty members Jimmy Graves and Cecil Bridgewater.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Europe to NYC

Fred's in New York City today, starting a six-night stand at the Blue Note Jazz Club with his friend Donald Harrison and other guests. Shows are 8pm and 10pm each night. Fred also will present from 4-6pm Friday in the Eyes of the Masters series at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance Space, Arnhold Hall55 West 13th St.

He's just back from a European tour with his band, the New JBs, which finished up with a sold out show in Paris and a last one at Moods in Zurich. Former JB saxophonist Waldo Weathers sat in with the band in Schweinfurth, Germany. Enjoy these photos.
A view from the stage in Paris (photo by Gary Winters).

Fred with Schweinfurth promoter Mike Klein and special guest Waldo Weathers.

Waldo Weathers onstage with the New JBs.

With the organizers of the Conegliano Jazz and Blues Festival in Italy
Onstage in Pilsen, Czech Republic (photos courtesy of Dominik Centrum).