Many thanks to the festival organizing team, especially Candi "C.L." Watkins, and to Chris Steele of Steele Jazz Entertainment for bringing together a truly hot time. Also thanks to Gail Bernard, who designed the "Fred Bucks."
While in Columbus, Fred also hooked up with his old friend Joshua Sheik, a drummer who is now one half of the soulful duo Wonder Twin Powers, with singer/guitarist/pianist Jenny Flory. The reunion happened at Sonic Lounge Recording Studio, where Fred laid a quick solo on a hot track from the band's forthcoming album.
The last day of his Ohio weekend took Fred to Eastlake, outside Cleveland, for a visit to instrument maker Conn-Selmer. He tried out trombones and got a fascinating tour of the 150,000-square-foot factory located there. Many thanks to Pete Cumming for the tour, and to Mark Gifford -- who Fred met in June at the International Trombone Festival -- for setting it up.
Here are some photos. Enjoy.
|Fred with Candi "C. L." Watkins|