Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thanks, Europe, for another great little tour!

The trip that began Sept. 6, 2011, when Fred flew to Paris for the awesome  Jazz a La Villette workshop,  ended Sept. 19, on the birthday of New JBs drummer Bruce Cox. In between the band made stops -- and met friends and fans -- in Freiburg, Germany, and the cities of Baden, Thun and Biel in Switzerland. Special thanks to our European booking agent, Gert Pfankuch of Musikbuero, and to our friends Daniel, Hans-Ruedi, Sam and Marisa at Groovesound for making the tour such a funky good time. Extra-special thanks to our friends at the Etage Club in Biel for adding a special birthday party for Bruce.

 Stay tuned for more shots from the post-Paris part of the tour, but here's one of trumpeter Gary Winters, who was inspired to use a wine glass as a mute in Freiburg when Fred added his bluesy tune "Slide Man" to the set list.

Revisiting the awesome experience at La Villette once more, many thanks to Guillaume Besato, a clarinet player and workshop participant who sent along the following shots, along with his whole gallery, which you can access by clicking here.

Workshop participant Fannie, who Fred describes as "an excellent trombone player."

Thanks, finally, to longtime friend Mohamed "Ben" Bengriba, who sent along the following shots.

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