Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Having a funky good Christmas time down south

Many thanks to the ATL Collective for making Fred and his old bandmate John "Jabo" Starks a part of their classic album series, which this week remembered James Brown's classic album, "A Soulful Christmas."

Catch Fred tonight at The Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Florida, where he'll sit in with Jabo and his Red Bar Jazz Band. Enjoy these photos by Victor Wesley.

The stage at Terminal West for the ATL Collective show.
Jabo and Fred before the show.
Fred with the horn section doing his thing.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Playing tribute to The Blues, honored in Alabama

Fundraising has begun via Indiegogo for the tribute to The Blues album Fred is producing to honor this great American art form. The Blues was the first music he ever heard, and is the deepest part of his extraordinary aritstry over his 55 years in the business. 

Visit today to become a part of the project. Many thanks to Ms. BJ Peart for the video and to the generous donors who have gotten the campaign off to such a great start.

Congratulations to Fred on his induction last night into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.  He accepted the honor on behalf of all the Mobile, Al., musicians who inspired and taught him, including his late father, Fredric A. Wesley Sr, his first teacher, E.B. Coleman, the late saxophonists Ed Pratt and Joe Morris, and his friend saxophonist Joe Lewis.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Being inducted in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame!

Fred is headed to Birmingham in his home state where he will be inducted Saturday into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. He will join the ranks of great Alabama artists including Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and Erskine Hawkins. The ceremony happens Saturday evening at the historic Carver Theatre. Congratulations, Fred!