Thursday, June 22, 2017

Liechtenstein, France, Germany, Brooklyn

Many thanks to Little and his team at Little Big Beat Studios in Liechtenstein for the beautiful experience that was the latest installment in the Studio Live Sessions series. Click here to experience a little of it yourself.
Fred and Little

Fred and band and Little and team
The New JBs rhythm section (bassist Dwayne Dolphin, guitarist Reggie Ward, drummer Bruce Cox and pianist Peter Madsen) lounging on the deck while the horn section (Fred, trumpeter Gary Winters and sax man Phillip Whack) sweated it out in the studio.

The tour started with airline delays and lost luggage that couldn't deter an excellent show in Potsdam, and an epic traffic jam that delayed and abbreviated -- yet intensified -- the performance at the Jazz and Joy Festival in Worms.

Fred after soundcheck with a Potsdam organizer's funky five-year-old son.

 The band onstage in Worms, just before the curfew and before the phone battery died.

The time in Germany also included a quick recording session with Jan Stolterfoht for the German band Chill Factor.

Coming up

The tour continues now through France, London and Montreaux, then culminates at 7:30pm on the Fourth of July at the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn. Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $2 for children. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gearing up for Europe, London, Montreaux and Brooklyn!

Fred heads to Germany this week to begin his next tour with his band The New JBs at the Sansoucci Jazznacht in Potsdam. The tour continues through
He'll follow that up with an immediate return to Europe for dates with The (original) JBs, featuring members from Fred's time with James Brown in the 1960s and 70s up until the Godfather's passing in 2006. Among them are singer (and author) Martha High, bassist Fred Thomas, trombonist and bandleader Tyrone Jefferson and "capeman" Danny Ray. Also along for the funky good time will be next generation vocalist and pianist Chris Rob.

Before he makes it home he'll do funk workshops in Nantes and Paris, France, a few Spanish dates with his Generations Trio, then guest at the Highline Ballroom in New York City with the James Brown Dance Party. (Click here for tickets.)

Enjoy these photos from Fred's last tour, which ended in May with a funk workshop in Paris and began with three US dates including hits at the March for Science on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the Ernie Fields All Stars.

Fred with the workshop participants.
Participants with the workshop organizer Djamila Alioua.
Fred visiting with his manager and the Little Big Beat crew in Konstanz, Germany.
With Willi Amrod, leader of the Amrod Brothers Band, recording in Konstanz.
Horns recording with New JBs trumpeter Gary Winters and the legendary Pee Wee Ellis.
With Martin Bohme, who repaired Fred's trombone outside Freiburg, Germany.
Four photos by Heinrich Buttler.
1. The Amrod Brothers Band horn section in Constance, Germany
 2. Pee Wee and Willi onstage
3.The awesome Amrod Brothers band in Freiburg.
4. rad guesting with the group in Constance.
A photo by Kristjan Czako from Berlin.
Two photos by Gerhard Csejka from Dresden, Germany.
1. The "Funk School Hymn"
2. Fred backstage admiring the opening band's orange shoes.
Celebrating New JBs bassist Dwayne Dolphin's birthday in Bologna, Italy.
Four photos by Daniele Franchi from Bologna.
1.Pianist Peter Madsen at soundcheck.

 2.Drummer Bruce Cox.
3. Guitarist Reggie Ward.
 4.Fred onstage with saxophonist Phillip Whack.
With the artist known as Vinx after a recording session with him near Limoux, France.
Fred sharing a silver shoe moment backstage with a volunteer at the Limoux Brass Festival. Also enjoy this video of a backstage interview at the festival.
Fred onstage with the Ernie Fields All-Stars at the Black Town Blues North Tulsa Jazz show.
After the Tulsa show with the evening's bassist Ricky Minor.