Thursday, May 26, 2016

In Switzerland with Mister PC

Fred is a special guest for a weekend tour with bassist Pierangelo Crescenzio, aka Mister PC. Gigs tonight at the Guggenheim Kulturhotel in Liestal, tomorrow at Le Chorus in Lausanne and Saturday in Fribourg feature music from the new CD also featuring Fred, "Mister PC."

Going over the music with Pierangelo.
Rehearsing with the band.
It's lovely in Liestal. Note Fred on the poster at the door.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Home safe; set for Switzerland

Fred and his New JBs bid farewell to France at the La Ferte Jazz Festival, where painter Pascal Martos memorialized Fred on canvas.

He's got a short break before heading back to Europe to play in Switzerland with bassist Mr. PC, aka Pierangelo Crescenzio.

Enjoy these photos.
Leaving La Ferte.

Fred with Pascal Martos and his work.

Celebrating New JBs bassist Dwayne Dolphin in Bologna.

Bologna from the air.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Back in Paris, back with the New JBs

Fred and his New JBs closed out this year's jazz festival Sunday in Dudelange. The first night of the New JBs tour marked the 12th night in a row for Fred, who finished up his Generations trio tour with a hot Sabado noche in Barcelona. 

After a much-needed night off, the band continues its tour starting tonight at Le Sax in Acheres, where Fred posed for the photo below with artist Renald Zapata, who immortalized Fred on the venue's wall. 

Next up: Le Blanc Mesnil on Wednesday: the New Morning in Paris on Thursday: Bologna on Friday, Massa Carrara Saturday and the La Ferte Festival on Sunday.

Gracias to photographer Adrien Tillmann for the other photo, from Saturday.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Rochester to Spain to Paris

The singular sound that comes through Fred's trombone is reverberating through Spain right now. He's touring with Love Supreme Musica and the Generations trio with 24-year-old Leonardo Corradi on organ and Parisian drummer Tony Match. Fred´s grooving with the Jimmy Smith-inspired repetoir and he and audiences are loving it, but he still feels a little like he´s cheating on his New JBs.

Luckily, there's enough Fred to go around. The 11-city Spanish tour wrap up with shows tonight in Santiago, Friday in Irun and Saturday in Barcelona.

On Sunday he starts a New JBs tour that will include shows near Paris rescheduled after the bombings last November. That tour, courtesy of Musikburo Pfankuch and partners begins Sunday in Dudelange, then continues through AcheresLe Blanc MesnilParisBolognaMassa Carrara and
La Ferte.

Enjoy these photos from the Spain tour, and from the weekend before when he joined Christian McBride and Maceo Parker to celebrate Pee Wee Ellis´induction into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

Hell Dorado
Sitting in with the Gastiez Big Band.


Sala Ego LiveAlcalá de Henares

Sala Clamores, Madrid

Sala Cochera, Malaga

Rochester, New York

With second'-generation WDKX station owner Andre Langston
Pee Wee with Cecelia Calloway, whose father Cab Calloway also is an inductee.