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). 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Freiburg tonight; then London, Paris and more!

Fred's Spring 2015 European Tour with the tightest band in all lands, his beloved New JBs, is underway and stopping at the Freiburg Jazzhaus tonight. (Click here to buy tickets.)

He met up Saturday at the Bergamo Jazz Fest with his compatriots, most of whom have been in his band for more than 20 years: Bruce Cox on drums, Dwayne Dolphin on bass, Peter Madsen on keys, Reggie Ward on guitar, Gary Winters on trumpet and Phillip Whack on sax.

The tour follows eight great shows in Spain with Leonardo Corradi and Tony Match of his Generations Trio, during which he crossed paths with legions of excited young Spanish fans and other great musicians, including Screaming Headless Torsos in Zaragoza and Town Bones in Granada. 

The upcoming dates are:

--CONEGLIGANO, ITALY: Conegliano Jazz & Blues Festival. Click here to buy tickets.

--LONDON: Stand! at Fairfield Halls in Croydon. Click here to buy tickets.

-- DARMSTADT, GERMANY: Central Station. Click here to buy tickets.

--SCHWEINFURT, GERMANY: Stattbahnhof. Click here to buy tickets.

--PARIS: New Morning. Click here or here  to buy tickets.

--ZURICH: Moods. Click here to buy tickets.

Enjoy these shots from the road.

With Leo and Tony somewhere in Spain.
With members of SHT in Zaragoza.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Magical Malasimbo!

Many thanks to the Malisimbo Festival for the magical weekend Fred and the New JBs spent in Puerto Galera, Philippines. The band took planes, vans, boats and jitneys to get there, and enjoyed great music and fellowship with other artists including Ky-Mani Marley, and a visit with the lovely children and staff at the Stairways Foundation.
Backstage with festival co-founder Miro Grgic.
The horn section backstage.
The rhythm section (with coconuts).
Interview after the show.
Impromptu workshop/jam at the Stairways Foundation.
Saying farewell to the staff at the Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Revisiting the first Charleston International Jazz Festival

Many thanks to bass player (and photographer) extraordinare Herman Burney for these images from the inaugural Charleston International Jazz Festival. Thanks, too, and congratulations to the Jazz Artists of Charleston team led by Leah Suarez.

Mark Sterbank, Fred, Charlton Singleton and Teddy Adams rehearsing/soundchecking.
The band, minus Herman Burney (behind the camera).
Herman with staff members Erin and Alecia.
Fred and Leah.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Revisiting Soul Power week in Congo

Many thanks to Sylvie Bayonne, directrice of Matombi Productions, for her excellent work putting together Soul Power Week last November, and now for sharing this video documentation of the experience. Enjoy!