Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Home safe after a summer marathon!

Fred took off just after his 73rd birthday on a marathon of a tour period that finally finished Sunday when he flew home from some rescheduled fun with Mister PC at the Jazz in Fort Ecluse series. Many thanks for the warm welcome to Mister PC and family, Adriano Bassanini, and the beautiful staff and fans of the Fort located on the French side of the border with Switzerland.

The week before found Fred touring the scenic Pacific Northwest with the youngsters of the band Object Heavy and special guests including Rashaan Ahmad, former Jill Scott trumpeter Farnell Newton and saxophonist Christopher Boa. Many thanks to the whole crew, including our friends at Humboldt Green, the Hummingbird Healing Center and Northcoast Horticulture Supply.

Enjoy the photos below.

Up next, fans in Toronto, Canada, can catch Fred for free with Abraham Inc at the Ashkenaz Festival on Sept. 3. Then on Sept. 14, he'll be a special guest with the James Brown Band at the Charleston (SC) Music Hall. Watch for possible added dates in October, then see him Oct. 30 in Greensboro, NC, with the Healing Blues Project.
Behind Seattle's Nectar Lounge (photo by Jamie VanBuhler)
Mount Shasta on the road to Eugene, Oregon
Further on down the road...
Across the bridge view of the For the Funk of It Festival site in Belden, CA
View from the 100-year-old bridge into Belden.
Another bridge on the way.
Crossing the bridge into San Francisco.
After a quick Marin County session for drummer Tanasa Daniel, with bassist Angeline Saris.
Backstage in Seattle with Skerik.
Fred near a Fort Ecluse window overlooking the Rhone river
Sunset view from another fort window
Onstage at Fort Ecluse with Mister PC.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Set in San Francisco after success in Europe

Fred flew from France to San Francisco, where he'll start five shows with the band Object Heavy after he and his fellow yoemen of funk, the New JBs, spent 33 days spreading the finest in funk all o'er Italy, France, Croatia and the UK.

Many thanks to the many fans and worker bees who made it such a spectacularly fun and funky good time in Europe. Highlights included a Venezia Jazz Festival show that was almost rained out, Pee Wee Ellis sitting in in London, Fred's grandson Cole and daughter Lya visiting in France, and crossing paths with Maceo Parker in Marciac, France.

Click here for video from Noale, Italy (thank you Enrico Miglioranzi), and enjoy these family photos.
Laughing backstage in Marciac with Maceo and Phillip Whack.

Backstage interview in Marciac

Bruce Cox on the big screen in Marciac

Fred on the Marciac big screen
Fred and the band minus guitarist Reggie Ward chilling after dinner in Toulouse.

Onstage at the Bout du Monde (End of the World) Fest near Crozon, France

View from the Theatre du Mer in Sete, France

Onstage at the Fiest a Sete.

Post backstage interview in Sete.

Backstage reunion with Lucky Peterson in Sete.

Onstage in Sete.

Interview backstage in Sete

Cole and Lya in Paris.

Having Haggis in Perth, Scotland.

Onstage in Perth for the Southern Fried Festival.

Onstage in the Famous Spiegeltent in Edinburg, Scotland.

Backstage with a young trombone player in Zadar, Croatia.

Backstage interview in Zadar.

View from the Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar, venue of the Zadar Jazz and Blues Fest.

Fred with trombonist/video contributor Enrico Miglioranzi.