Tuesday, August 13, 2013

At a Swiss lake after a joyful tour's end

Trombone tones are echoing off the cobblestones in Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland, as Fred practices to keep his chops up during some off-time between festivals. Sunday's performance with his New JBs at the Jazz and Joy Festival in Worms, Germany, marked the end of the band's summer 2013 European tour. On Friday, he'll once again celebrate Jimmy Smith at the Swing in the Wind Street Jazz Festival in this beautiful Swiss village on Lake Neuch√Ętel.

The last days of the New JBs tour included a stay in happening Toulouse, France, for the nearby Jazz in Marciac Festival; a stop in Freiburg, Germany, for a hot night at the Jazzhaus Freiburg; and the joyful and jazzy grand finale in historic Worms. Many thanks to the band and all the friends who made the tour such a pleasure. Enjoy these photos.

Marciac soundcheck
Marciac interview
Backstage at Marciac with New JBs saxman Ernie Fields Jr.

Onstage in Frieburg.
A little Rhine wine in the cathedral space turned green room at the Jazz and Joy Fest

Onstage at Jazz and Joy
"...and let's hear it for the funkiest trombone player in the universe..."
Jazz and Joy encore

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