Saturday, November 21, 2015

Soundchecking in South Africa

Fred and his New JBs are in Cape Town, beginning a three-city tour of South Africa. Sponsored by the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, the tour includes the show tonight at the Baxter Theatre, one Wednesday night at the BAT Centre in Durban, and a final one Thursday at The Orbit in Johannesburg.

The New JBs soundchecking at the Baxter Theater in Cape Town

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Touring the southeast, taking part in a historic recording

A special recording for the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, NC, has been added to Fred's October tour with stops Oct. 9 at RiverMusic in Asheville, Oct. 11 at the Beyu Caffe in Durham and Oct. 12 at Bethesda Jazz and Blues for Washington, DC.
Fred and the New JBs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2011. (Photo courtesy of the festival)
Fans in Washington, DC, are especially excited, since it's been since 2011 that Fred last performed there with his band. Pacifica radio station WPFW (89.3FM) aired two interviews with Fred today, the first early on the 5am Millie's Mellow Moment show with Millie Ware, the second at 5 pm with Scooter Magruder. Click here to hear archived recordings of those shows.

Before arriving in DC, Fred and company will visit the Greensboro museum before heading into the studio to record a piece being written with Fred in mind by composer, trumpeter and Mondre Moffett to musically reflect the history in the exhibits. Like Moffett, Fred is volunteering his services to the fundraising CD project.

Located downtown Greensboro, the museum is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility that was created in the old Woolworth's building that was the site of the Feb. 1, 1960, start of the national sit-in movement by four students of N.C. A&T State University. Moffett also is a professor and directs the jazz ensemble at A&T
Moffett (with trumpet) teaching. (Photo by Jerry Wolford, News & Record)
On Oct. 8, Fred will travel to Madison, Wisconsin, to honor a former James Brown compadre at the show MadCity Sessions "Give the Drummer Some" with Clyde Stubblefield & Friends.

The Asheville show on Oct. 9 is free. Click here and here for tickets to the Durham and Bethesda shows.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Savannah, Asheville, Durham, DC!

Fred's gearing up to do some touring close to home for a change. 

On Sept. 26, he'll start with a guest appearance with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra at the Savannah Jazz Festival.

The weekend of Oct. 9-12, he'll join with a tightened version of his New JBs for a southeastern tour with stops at the Friday evening River Music series in Asheville, NC , the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club in Maryland on Columbus Day, and a very special Sunday afternoon appearance at the Beyu Caffe in Durham, presented by the hot Art of Cool Project.

The Asheville show is free! Click here to buy tickets for the Durham show. Click here to buy tickets for the DC-area show.

Also, cabins are still available for Jam Cruise 14. Click here to join Fred among an awesome cadre of other artists aboard the MSC Divina.

In other news, Soundchess TV has posted another video from Conegliano, Italy. Click here. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Honored by the Jus' Blues Foundation

Fred traveled to the Mississippi Delta where the Jus' Blues Foundation honored him with the James Brown Heritage Award Saturday in Tunica. He was among soulful friends old and new during the organization's 15th annual Blues Awards Week. Attendees included Millie Jackson, Vasti Jackson, Bobby Rush, and Fred's former JB compatriots Martha High and Vickie Anderson.

In other news, Fred ranked No. 9 in's survey asking readers who the Alabama Music Hall of Fame should induct next.

Enjoy the photos below, and click here for a video interview.

With Jus' Blues founder and president Charles Mitchell.
With Vasti Jackson, Bobby Rush and Mitchell.
With Millie Jackson.
In a TV interview with Memphis News Channel 3

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In Tunica, Mississippi with Jus' Blues!

Thursday is the Jus' Blues Music Foundation's Night of the Living Legends and Fred will be among the honorees. The event happens at the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. In addition to the evening activities, Fred also will sign CDs and copies of his book, "Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Side Man," at a meet and greet Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Home safe after a hot time in Europe

A hot night Sunday at London's "21st Century Church of the Chill," the wave-making Bussey Building, closed out the musically mighty tour that began July 5 at the Montreaux Jazz Festival for Fred and his New JBs. Thank you Tal Bright and Leah Maria Suarez for these excellent photos.

Onstage at the "South London Soul Train"
South London still getting down.
Onstage at the Montreaux Jazz Club.
New JBs guitarist Reggie Ward at Montreaux.
And these from other stops along the way.

Before the gig in Wieden, Germany.
Grooving crowd in the former bullring in Torres, Spain, at the Imagina Funk Fest.
Playing the piano at the chalet of Montreaux's late founder Claude Nobs.