Thursday, October 27, 2016

Playing the healing blues in Greensboro

Fred heads to Greensboro, North Carolina, Sunday to reunite with family friends and for the Release Party for the second CD in the innovative Healing Blues Project. The concert starts at 7:30 pm at Greensboro College, with a meet & greet and book signing with Fred beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, cash or check only.  Copies of the CD, which features Fred, are $15. Proceeds from the concert and sale of the CD benefit the Interactive Resource Center, a day center in downtown Greensboro for people experiencing homelessness. Fred also will donate a portion of his book sales to the IRC.
Tickets can be reserved by emailing or by calling 336-272-7102, ext. 5242. The show happens in the Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building of Greensboro College, 815 W. Market St.

Fred's last big party was with the James Brown Band last month at the Charleston Music Hall, where he jammed again with the JBs and new friends including new generation soul brother Chris Rob and American Idol Elise Testone. Enjoy this coverage with more of Ellison White's great photos at 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Reconnected with Abraham Inc. after three years

It was a beautiful weekend in Toronto where Fred and other members of Abraham Inc. reconnected for the first time in three years for an Ashkenaz Festival performance at the impressive Harborfront Centre. Many thanks to festival director Eric Stein and all the team members for making it a funky good time for all involved. Enjoy these photos and look for more from Abe Inc in 2017.

Up next for Fred, his guest appearance next Wednesday in Charleston with the James Brown Band. Click here for tickets.

Soundchecking with (l-r) guitaritst Sheryl Bailey (not visible) bassist/vocalist Jerome Harris (barely visible), drummer Michael Sarin, David Krakauer, Fred, saxophonist Brandon Wright, trumpeter Igmar Thomas and Josh (Socalled) Dolgin.
With the soundcheck audience
Toronto near sunset from Toronto Island
A farewell selfie with guitarist Sheryl Bailey

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Home safe after a summer marathon!

Fred took off just after his 73rd birthday on a marathon of a tour period that finally finished Sunday when he flew home from some rescheduled fun with Mister PC at the Jazz in Fort Ecluse series. Many thanks for the warm welcome to Mister PC and family, Adriano Bassanini, and the beautiful staff and fans of the Fort located on the French side of the border with Switzerland.

The week before found Fred touring the scenic Pacific Northwest with the youngsters of the band Object Heavy and special guests including Rashaan Ahmad, former Jill Scott trumpeter Farnell Newton and saxophonist Christopher Boa. Many thanks to the whole crew, including our friends at Humboldt Green, the Hummingbird Healing Center and Northcoast Horticulture Supply.

Enjoy the photos below.

Up next, fans in Toronto, Canada, can catch Fred for free with Abraham Inc at the Ashkenaz Festival on Sept. 3. Then on Sept. 14, he'll be a special guest with the James Brown Band at the Charleston (SC) Music Hall. Watch for possible added dates in October, then see him Oct. 30 in Greensboro, NC, with the Healing Blues Project.
Behind Seattle's Nectar Lounge (photo by Jamie VanBuhler)
Mount Shasta on the road to Eugene, Oregon
Further on down the road...
Across the bridge view of the For the Funk of It Festival site in Belden, CA
View from the 100-year-old bridge into Belden.
Another bridge on the way.
Crossing the bridge into San Francisco.
After a quick Marin County session for drummer Tanasa Daniel, with bassist Angeline Saris.
Backstage in Seattle with Skerik.
Fred near a Fort Ecluse window overlooking the Rhone river
Sunset view from another fort window
Onstage at Fort Ecluse with Mister PC.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Set in San Francisco after success in Europe

Fred flew from France to San Francisco, where he'll start five shows with the band Object Heavy after he and his fellow yoemen of funk, the New JBs, spent 33 days spreading the finest in funk all o'er Italy, France, Croatia and the UK.

Many thanks to the many fans and worker bees who made it such a spectacularly fun and funky good time in Europe. Highlights included a Venezia Jazz Festival show that was almost rained out, Pee Wee Ellis sitting in in London, Fred's grandson Cole and daughter Lya visiting in France, and crossing paths with Maceo Parker in Marciac, France.

Click here for video from Noale, Italy (thank you Enrico Miglioranzi), and enjoy these family photos.
Laughing backstage in Marciac with Maceo and Phillip Whack.

Backstage interview in Marciac

Bruce Cox on the big screen in Marciac

Fred on the Marciac big screen
Fred and the band minus guitarist Reggie Ward chilling after dinner in Toulouse.

Onstage at the Bout du Monde (End of the World) Fest near Crozon, France

View from the Theatre du Mer in Sete, France

Onstage at the Fiest a Sete.

Post backstage interview in Sete.

Backstage reunion with Lucky Peterson in Sete.

Onstage in Sete.

Interview backstage in Sete

Cole and Lya in Paris.

Having Haggis in Perth, Scotland.

Onstage in Perth for the Southern Fried Festival.

Onstage in the Famous Spiegeltent in Edinburg, Scotland.

Backstage with a young trombone player in Zadar, Croatia.

Backstage interview in Zadar.

View from the Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar, venue of the Zadar Jazz and Blues Fest.

Fred with trombonist/video contributor Enrico Miglioranzi.

Monday, July 25, 2016

In Italy, Croatia- and UK-bound!

Fred and company are closing out the Venezia Jazz Festival and closing out 19 days in Italy tonight at the fort Rocco di Tempesta in the Venice suburb of Noale. 

They'll head east and enjoy a night off in an Adriatic resort in Zadar, Croatia, before playing the Zadar Jazz and Blues Fest on Wednesday.

From there they'll fly to the UK for hits at Edinburg's Famous Spiegeltent, at the Southern Fried Festival in Perth and finally at the hot Under the Bridge venue in London.

After a hard-earned five-day rest, they'll finish this summer's touring with these three festivals in France:
Aug. 6 -- Crozon, France

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Moving on with memories of Umbria Jazz!

The Umbria Jazz Festival has wrapped up and Fred and company are moving into the next phase of their four-week summer European tour. Many thanks to the whole team for making it such a wonderful festival, including the band's host Laura Massini. Also thanks for the memories to all the other musicians, including the Allan Harris Band, George Clinton and Parliament, and Melody Gardot trumpeter Shareef Clayton.

Allan Harris joining in on "House Party."
Backstage with George Clinton.
With New JBs drummer Bruce Cox and P-Funkers Lige Curry and Eric McFadden.
With P-Funker Gary "Mudbone" Cooper
With Shareef Clayton sitting in on "Pass the Peas"
A magnificent Umbria view at sunset
With manager Joya and host Laura.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Enjoying Umbria Jazz!

Halfway through the 10 days of the Umbria Jazz Festival, Fred met up backstage with old friends guitarist John Scofield and festival artistic director Carlo Pagnotta, as well as young gun Kamasi Washington.

Fred, Scofield, Washington, Pagnotta.