Saturday, January 30, 2016

In Rome, ready for No. 14 of 14 shows in Europe

Tonight's show at Cafe Elegance Roma is the last for Fred's 14-show tour of Europe with his hot 
Generations Organ Trio.

Grazie mille to all the great venues, fans, friends and angels and who made it so much fun along the way. Thank you to Marcel Donk for this photo from the sold-out show at the North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam. Stay tuned for more photos from the tour.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

In Miami, jazzed by Jam Cruise

Fred cruised into Miami at the end of an amazing Jam Cruise, for a short break before heading today to Barcelona

Many thanks to Annabel Lukins, director of artist relations, and her team for making it so much fun. Enjoy these photos, including the first one of Annabel directing artists and photographer Michael Weintrob for the annual group photo, and the last one of Fred's photo shoot for Weintrob's "Instrumenthead" photo book.

Annabel before the artist picture.
Fred jamming with Dr. John.
Fred backstage with the legendary drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
and Dr. John trombonist/bandleader Sarah Morrow.
Fred with Michael Weintrob.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hitting it hard to start 2016!

Fred's wishing all his family of kin, friends and fans a Happy New Year, and starting 2016 strong with his attention focused on raising funds through Indiegogo for his tribute to the Blues album. The campaign runs through Jan. 24. Love and many thanks to all who contributed during the first half! Stay tuned for updates.

Jan. 2 found Fred in Minneapolis rehearsing with Sonny Knight and the Lakers for James Brown tribute shows tonight and tomorrow at the Dakota Club, also featuring friend and fellow JB alum John "Jabo" Starks.

From the cold he'll fly to Miami to set sail through the Carribbean on Jam Cruise 14. Onboard he'll officiate a wedding, play for a yoga class, and have more fun with friends including Trombone Shorty, Lettuce, Dr. John and many more.

After that he'll fly to Barcelona to begin a 19-day tour of Europe with organist Leonardo Corradi and drummer Tony Match of the Fred Wesley Generations Trio, a project that began as a tribute to organist Jimmy Smith (whose music might be featured on the blues album. Again, stay tuned.). The Generations tour includes shows at the New Morning in Paris, the Hideaway in London and the North  Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Having a funky good Christmas time down south

Many thanks to the ATL Collective for making Fred and his old bandmate John "Jabo" Starks a part of their classic album series, which this week remembered James Brown's classic album, "A Soulful Christmas."

Catch Fred tonight at The Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Florida, where he'll sit in with Jabo and his Red Bar Jazz Band. Enjoy these photos by Victor Wesley.

The stage at Terminal West for the ATL Collective show.
Jabo and Fred before the show.
Fred with the horn section doing his thing.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Playing tribute to The Blues, honored in Alabama

Fundraising has begun via Indiegogo for the tribute to The Blues album Fred is producing to honor this great American art form. The Blues was the first music he ever heard, and is the deepest part of his extraordinary aritstry over his 55 years in the business. 

Visit today to become a part of the project. Many thanks to Ms. BJ Peart for the video and to the generous donors who have gotten the campaign off to such a great start.

Congratulations to Fred on his induction last night into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.  He accepted the honor on behalf of all the Mobile, Al., musicians who inspired and taught him, including his late father, Fredric A. Wesley Sr, his first teacher, E.B. Coleman, the late saxophonists Ed Pratt and Joe Morris, and his friend saxophonist Joe Lewis.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Being inducted in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame!

Fred is headed to Birmingham in his home state where he will be inducted Saturday into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. He will join the ranks of great Alabama artists including Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and Erskine Hawkins. The ceremony happens Saturday evening at the historic Carver Theatre. Congratulations, Fred!

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