Saturday, July 2, 2011

Midsummer Night Swingin' in NYC

Fred's in Krakow, Poland, now with Abraham Inc. for the Jewish Culture Festival. Stay tuned for photos from the Poland swing, which also included a performance July 1 at the Open'er Fest. For now, enjoy these shots from the performance June 28 at the Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park in New York City, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Soul Train

The show featured Fred with Pee Wee Ellis, along with guest vocalists Martha High, a longtime member of the James Brown Review, and Fred Ross of California. Also included were three members of Fred's New JBs: Bruce Cox on drums, Gary Winters on trumpet and Barney McAll on keys. Original JBs member Fred Thomas played bass and California-based guitarist Ray Obiedo rounded out the lineup. 

Here are photos courtesy of the Schmidt family, friends of Fred's Funky Family friend Heinrich Buttler:

Fred Wesley, Fred Ross, Pee Wee Ellis

Martha High
Here's a shot by Funky Family Friend and photographer Greg Aiello:

Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis
Finally, photos by our cousin, Song "Byrd" Williamson:

Fred Ross, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Gary Winters, and special soundcheck guest Bill Bragin of Lincoln Center

Gary and Song

Pee Wee, Gary and Fred

Funky Fred's silver sneaks from Serbia

Ray Obiedo, Bruce Cox, Fred Ross, Barney McAll

Fred Ross, Pee Wee, Gary

Funky Fred's longtime friend Joshi Armstead, an original Ikette

Fred and Joshi

Fred with dancer proteges of original Soul Train dancer Tyrone Proctor

Original JB Fred Thomas

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday Mr. Wesley!!!
    All the best wishes for you.

    Lobi (12/12 funk)