Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Supporting the ACLU in NYC!

Fred -- as part of the supergroup Abraham Incorporated --  is among the musicians donating their time for a huge benefit concert at Symphony Space in New York City on Sunday, September 24. It will be a reunion for Abe Inc. for the first time since the band played Toronto a year ago. The evening also will feature performances by members of the Silk Road EnsembleMarc Ribot and "Where Worlds Collide" (featuring South African pianists Kathleen Tagg and Andre Petersen).

Fred, Josh "Socalled" Dolgin and David Krakauer in 2012.
The cause is more important than it's ever been, and Fred asks his friends and fans to show up and show their support. Click here for tickets. A $10 discount is available through Sunday, Sept. 17, using the promo code EARLY.

For fans on the nation's other coast, don't forget the shows Sept. 19 and 20 with Pee Wee Ellis at Seatttle's Jazz Alley. Click here for tickets.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

In Paris for a tres bon 44 hours

Many thanks to the Jazz A La Villette Festival for the sold-out show at the Cabaret Sauvage that afforded Fred the opportunity to make a quick trip to Paris. He reunited for the fest with his Generations Trio -- Leonardo Corradi on organ and Tony Match on drums, along with Omar Lye-Fook as a special guest on vocals and keys. He also got a chance to meet old friends including Cheick Tidiane Seck and new friends including the talented support band Nubian Twist.

Fred also visited and taped a video interview for his friend Ahmed Soultan, who's innovating the new genre "Afrobian music," connecting his Northern African musical traditions with the heart of Africa, as demonstrated on the track Afrobian, which has guests including Fred, George Clinton, Pee Wee Ellis and Femi Kuti. The album, "Music Has No Boundaries," won Best African Album of the Year honors, and now is becoming a documentary.

Coming up next, Fred will join Pee Wee Ellis at Seattle's Jazz Alley, then head to NYC for dates at the Iridium with Oz Noy and the big ACLU fundraiser with Abraham Incorporated. See you there!

Fred with Cheick Tidiane Seck and Omar before the show.

Fred outside the Cabaret Sauvage with members of Cirque Mandingue.
With Ahmed Soultan talking Afrobian music.

Ending the show with Leonardo Corradi on organ and Tony Match on drums.