Friday, August 8, 2014

Richmond Jazz Fest and more

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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dublin, Paris, Rotterdam, Pittsburgh, Denver, Asheville, DC ...

Fred goes into the studio Saturday with Sine Qua Non, a Washington, DC-based band that describes itself as "a jazz ensemble with a fusion trajectory and a classical basis." 

Sine Qua Non
Next is another New JBs tour that starts July 21 with two nights at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho.

June was busy, highlighted by a tour with Generations that hit Bratislava, Vienna, Rotterdam, Kortjik, Belgium, Paris, and Dublin. He also managed to jam with some funky friends in Denver, meet jazz and funk with Sean Jones and Dwayne Dolphin at Pittsburgh JazzLive, and make recording sessions in Asheville, NC, with the Big Ol' Nasty Getdown and in Paris with the lovely Agathe Iracema. Here are some photos.

Fred at Pittsburgh JazzLive (photo by Tene Croom)
Agathe and Fred at work (photo by Nana Cola)
Rocky Mountain Power Jam

Fred with a Dublin fan and fellow musician
The Generations Trio surrounded by fans in Rotterdam
Generations onstage in Rotterdam

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blowing with some barbecue in Washington, DC

Discerning barbecue connoisseurs in the nation's capital area will be able to sample KBQ favorites, wines from Romano Vineyard & Winery and craft beers from Franklin's Brewery at an open house 1-4pm this Saturday. They're also in for a special treat: a taste of Fred Wesley.

According to Washingtonian magazine, KBQ, the acclaimed restaurant owned by Fred's children, has the best barbecue in the area. It recently reopened in a new and bigger location in the Woodmore Towne Center, 9101 Woodmore Centre Dr., Lanham, MD 20706 (301-322-1527). The new location features expanded dining and adult drinks. Come out and click here to learn more.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Reflecting on Shorty Fest and more

Thanks to the New Orleans Times Picayune for this coverage of Shorty Fest 2014, which included this great shot by Eliza Morse of Fred with Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.

Thanks, too, to Michael Gourier for this shot of him and Fred at Piano Night at House of Blues, co-hosted by another longtime friend of Fred's, DJ. Nita K, aka Nita Ketner, who's pictured below.

Michael Gourier and Fred
DJ Nita K and Fred

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Celebrating "Dr." Benny Golson!

Fred is celebrating the great jazz composer and saxophonist Benny Golson, now Dr. Benny Golson thanks to an honorary doctorate he received last week from his alma mater, Howard University. Fred is a longtime fan and admirer of Dr. Golson and, as the 2007 recipient of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble's Benny Golson Jazz Master Award, the two are forever connected through Howard.

Fred is proud to be a recipient of the award, and sends his warm congratulations on the well-deserved doctorate degree.

Dr. Benny Golson after receiving his doctorate at Howard.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Reflecting on Jazz Fest, Macau and Europe

Fred got the royal treatment as usual in New Orleans, where he took part last week in Shorty Fest, Fiya Fest, and -- with saxophone great Donald Harrison -- the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest. Click here for an overview recap of Jazz Fest, and here for an excellent photo recap from Dino Perrucci, including this shot. Thanks, Dino! Thanks, New Orleans!

Fred with Donald Harrison at Jazz Fest
Thanks, too, to the organizers of the Macau International Jazz Festival, where Fred enjoyed meeting and hearing Sizhukong, The Mingus Project and Stefano Bollani. The special edition of the New JBs included Victor Wesley on trombone, Vince Evans on keys and Joel Johnson on guitar.

The New JBs with The Mingus Project and festival volunteers.
Thanks to António Mil-Homens for the photos below.
Bruce Cox
Dwayne Dolphin
Ernie Fields Jr.
Gary Winters
Victor Wesley
Vince Evans
The New JBs
Also enjoy these shots from the talented Fabiana Laurenzi from the band's appearance in March at the Giotto Jazz Fest in Viccio, Italy. Thanks, Fabiana!

Finally,  here are some family photos from along the way.

Ernie and Fred jamming at Ned Kelly's in Hong Kong
Fred with fellow trombonist and diplomat Bob Kotka at Ned Kelly's
Backstage with Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews
Onstage with Donald Harrison's band
Offstage before the Headhunters Super Jam with Blackbyrd McKnight