Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Set to funk up San Francisco

Fred and his New JBs will be at the San Francisco Funk Festival this Saturday for a historic performance that will include original JBs drummers Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield and bassist Fred Thomas as special guests. Hosting the show will be Bay Area MC Lyrics Born.

Finishing up a busy October

Fred and his New JBs helped Chicago radio personality Herb Kent celebrate his birthday, Oct. 27, with a huge party at the Horseshoe Casino in suburban Hammond, Indiana. Thanks to promoter Al Kennedy for passing along these great photos.

Fred onstage with New JBs guitarist Reggie Ward, trumpeter Gary Winters and saxophonist Ernie Fields Jr.
Steppers and "line steppers" dance in the foreground as seated patrons also enjoy the New JBs performance.
Fred with Herb Kent.
Chicago line steppers having a funky good time. (Photo by Song Byrd).
Before Chicago, the New JBs entertained for two days of the Richmond Folk Festival, Oct. 12-13, where he got to jam with Dr. Michael White, Rahim AlHaj and other Masters of Improvisation, and to visit with his children and grandchildren from the nearby Washington, D.C. area.

The crowd Saturday night in the Dominion Dance Pavilion.
Fred jamming backstage with Dr. Michael White, Rahim AlHaj and Detroit Brooks on banjo.
The Masters of Improvisation workshop.
After the Masters of Improvisation workshop.
Fred with grandson Coleman Britt, 5.
The busy month started out at the Westobou Festival in James Brown's hometown of Augusta, Georgia, Oct. 4, which also featured the Maceo Parker Band and Janelle Monae. Thanks to Gary Gordon, husband of former JB "Bittersweet" background vocalist Kelly Jarrell, for the photos he contributed below.

Fred and the New JBs onstage.
Fred backstage with New JBs saxophonist Ernie Field Jr. and trumpeter Charlton Singleton, with Maceo.
New JBs trumpeter Charlton Singleton, pianist Barney McAll and bassist Dwayne Dolphin backstage.
Maceo Parker Band trombonist Dennis Rollins and Fred backstage with their Rath trombones.
Kelly Jarrell with legendary JB announcer Danny Ray. (photo by Gary Gordon)
Maceo Parker Band/former JB vocalist Martha High with Kelly Jarrell. (photo by Gary Gordon)
Maceo onstage (photo by Gary Gordon)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Celebrating Jazz House Kids

Fred joined a plethora of musical luminaries in Newark, New Jersey, this month to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the jazz educational organization Jazz House Kids, founded by singer Melissa Walker.

Christian McBride, Walker's husband, brought his Grammy-winning Big Band and welcomed guests including Maceo Parker, Angelique Kidjo, George Duke, Pat Metheny and more. S. Epatha Merkerson of "Law & Order" fame hosted the star-studded evening on Oct. 17.

German friend Heinrich Buttler, visiting NYC from his home in Bonn, Germany, was among the supporters in attendance and took these awesome performance photos. Thanks, Heinrich!

Maceo, Fred, Angelique Kidjo, S. Epatha Merkerson, Christian McBride.

George Duke with the Christian McBride Big Band
Angelique Kidjo

Jazz House Kids performing
More Jazz House Kids performing.
Fred and Maceo onstage with the band.

The "funky good time" show finale.
Backstage and offstage there was more fun, including a visit with Heinrich and a bit of a trombone summit.

Heinrich Buttler with Fred
Fred with Melissa Walker
Trombonists Steve Turre, Fred, a Jazz House Kids student, Slide Hampton and Douglas Perviance.
Maceo, George Duke, Fred
Some JHKs backstage
Nat Adderly Jr. and Fred