Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Revisiting Soul Train from NYC

Fred will perform tonight in New York City as part of Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night's Swing series with cohort Pee Wee Ellis in a set that will celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Soul Train." This morning, The guys gathered with former Soul Train dancer Tyrone Proctor and some of his students (including Princess Lockerooo and Akim Funk Buddha) for featured segments on the local Fox TV channel with Julie Chang. Click here to see video clips.

For NYC Fred fans, the ticketed part of the show is sold out, but it's free outside the fence for as many can squeeze into Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, located at Columbus and 62nd St. in Manhattan.

Here are some photos from the morning gathering. Thanks to Fred's cousin/photographer/singer Song Williamson. Thanks, Song!

Princess Lockeroo with Akim Funk Buddha

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Still Black, Still Proud ... in L.A.

Fred was a special guest at the 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at Southern California's Hollywood Bowl as part of saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis' project Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown. Also a featured guest was lovely San Francisco-based Ethiopian singer Meklit Hadero, pictured here with Pee Wee and Fred.

Friday, June 10, 2011

More photos from Coutances

Thanks to young photographer Justine Neff for more photos from the New JBs' evening "Sous Les Pommiers" in Coutances, France, last week, including this one of the horn section during the soundcheck.

Ernie, Fred and Harry
Click here to enjoy her entire gallery. Thanks, Justine!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

European quickie: June 2011

Fred and a slightly different version of the New JBs -- with Vince Evans on keys and Harry Kim on trumpet -- did a quick three hits in Europe last week: at the clubs Fabrik in Hamburg and Quasimodo in Berlin, and culminating with a cool night at the 30th anniversary edition of the Jazz Sous Les Pommiers (Jazz Under the Apple Trees) Festival in Coutance, France. Below are photos from the three shows. Thanks to all who came out and all who helped make the tour happen.

Hamburg, June 2 (photo by Joya Wesley):

Berlin, June 3 (photos by Heinrich Buttler)


Fred, Harry, Ernie
Coutances (photo by Francois Geraud):

On a final note, although he couldn't make it this time, photographer Arvo Wichmann was on the scene at the band's last visit to Quasimodo, last October. Click here to enjoy his photos from that show. Thanks Arvo!